Are you looking to set up a general partnership in Ontario?
A general partnership in Ontario is where two or more people decide to carry on a business without formal organization, they are likely to be deemed to be a partnership whether this is intended or not. Some Acts define partnership as “the relation which subsists between persons carrying on business uncommon with a view of profit.” A partnership resembles a sole proprietorship in many ways.
There does not need to be a written partnership agreement for there to be a legal partnership. There is a registration requirement for general partnerships but a general partnership can still exist even if it fails to comply with this requirement. When people begin carrying on business together with a registered or unregistered partnership they are automatically governed by an Act.
Although it is not essential to have a partnership agreement, it is usually advisable to establish the terms of the partnership. This should be done in a formal written agreement in order to protect the partners. This will help in the event of a conflict.
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Also, there is a system of rights and duties upon partners. All of the partners are entitled to share equally in the profits of the business. If this is not the arrangement that the partners of the business wanted. Also, the partners are free to change this by private agreement. The partnership agreement is also used to define management responsibilities. Further, it ensures that the business can continue after a partner leaves the business.
The negotiation and drafting of a partnership agreement can be complex and expensive. This is true if the needs of the partners are diverse. Also, if the complexity of the business is high.
In a general partnership, you and one or more other owners would share the management of the business. Also, each partner would be personally liable for all debts and obligations. This would be for any debts incurred in relation to the business. This means that each partner is responsible for, and must assume the consequences of the actions of the other partner(s).
There are potential advantages of a partnership.
Ease of formation- the organization of a partnership can be simple since there are a few legal requirements. There are no formal steps required to start a partnership.
Inexpensive to set up- this is true only if there is no need for a complex partnership agreement. Otherwise, partnerships can be more expensive than corporations to set up. However, it’s less expensive on an ongoing basis.
Partners share in the management. There is a broader management base with a partnership. All partners are able to share in the management of the business as long as a partnership agreement does not state otherwise.
Additional sources of investment capital is an advantage. More capital may be available because there is more than one owner.
There is also limited regulation. The company is not subject to as many rules as incorporations.
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There may also be tax advantages. A partnership share in the partnerships business losses can be deducted against his/her other personal income, as with a sole proprietorship. Also, there is no double taxation.
There are potential disadvantages of a partnership. For example, there is no limited liability. Each partner is personally responsible for the losses of the business while he or she is a partner. Also, they may be responsible for the wrongful acts of his or her fellow partners (and employees. This is if those acts are committed in connect with the business.
There is also divided authority between the partners. There is more than one decision-maker with partnerships. This is compared to a sole proprietorship with one decision-maker.
There could also be a conflict between partners. It is possible that conflict between partners may develop over time.
A partner can legally bind another partner without their approval.
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There may also be a lack of continuity. However, with a partnership of more than two partners, the partnership is dissolved as between the bankrupt, dead, or dissolved partner and the other partners only. Also, the partnership agreement can continue to apply with respect to the remaining partners. This can be very awkward unless a partnership agreement deals clearly with the withdrawals of partners and the admission of new partners.
There is also no name protection with a partnership name.
You need to distinguish between a sole proprietor with one or more employees or contractors. The result of an assessment in this will determine who is the owner of the business and who is an employee or contractor.
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Those found to be partners will be responsible in contract or tort to third parties for liabilities of the partnership incurred on behalf of the business. The existence of a partnership rather than a sole proprietorship can have significant tax implications for all of the individuals involved.
The overall question is what was the nature of the agreement or understanding between the individuals involved. A partnership is a relation which subsists between persons carrying on business in common with a view of profit.
Just because you call your business a partnership does not it is one. And even if you don’t call your business a partnership, if it has all the components at law, it will be held to be one.
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- sole proprietorship
- general partnership
- partnership agreement
- personal liability
- limited partnership
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