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Limited Partnership (LP)

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Posted On : Wed Oct 07th,2009


What is Limited Partnership (LP)?

A limited partnership (LP) is a form of business organization that offers some of the partner's limited liability. Limited partnerships are composed of one or more general partners and one or more limited partners. The general partner(s) manages the business and have no liability protection. The limited partner(s) are usually investors that are not involved in the day-to-day running of the business and whose liability is limited to the extent of their investment.

Registering limited partnerships (LPs) are more intensely regulated than general partnerships. The general partner(s) manage the business and share full in its profits and losses. Limited partner(s) share in the profits of the business, but their losses are limited to the extent of their investment. Limited partners are usually not involved in the day-to-day operations of the business.

Why should I create limited partnership?

Creating limited partnership provide a legal structure to the establishment of the business.

Limited Partnership-LP is a special type of partnership which is very common when people need funding for a business, or when they are putting together an investment in a real estate development. Filing limited partnership provides limited partners a shield from the liability in that their liability is dependent upon the amount of capital invested.

How do I create Limited Partnership (LP)? can help you to register limited partnership. Limited partnership formation requires more legal documentation than in a general partnership. To register limited partnership calls us at +1 (866) 754-4460. Our representatives will guide you through out the process.

Does limited partnership formation require any written agreement?

Limited partnership (LP) formation requires a written agreement between the business management, who is general partner(s), and all of the limited partners.

Can limited partner(s) participate in daily operations or management decisions?

If you form limited partnership, the limited partners will not be allowed to participate in the management decisions of the partnership and if they do so then they will lose their limited partnership status.

Do limited partners have voting rights?

Filing limited partnership restrict the rights of limited partners. They do have the power to vote to remove the general partner(s), while usually the partnership agreement is structured so that such removal is practically impossible except the general partner in question has committed fraud.

Who will be sued in case of bankruptcy of Limited Partnership?

All general partners will be held responsible for the claims, debts in bankruptcy and lawsuits against the partnership. Limited partners will be liable for the debts to the extent of their share in the business. Means limited partners will lose only what they have invested in the limited partnership.

Who will manage the day to day operations of the business?

Customary, the general partners have management control in all major respects. They share the rights to use partnership property, share the profits of the firm in predefined proportions, and have joint and several liabilities for the debts of the partnership.

Is it necessary to disclose Limited Partnership status when dealing with third party?

Creating limited partnership- LP generally required filing documents with the relevant state registration office. Limited Partnerships must explicitly disclose their LP status when dealing with other parties, so that such parties will be aware that the individual negotiating with them carries limited liability. It is customary that the notepaper, other documentation, and electronic materials issued to the public by the firm will carry a clear statement identifying the legal nature of the firm and listing the partners separately as general and limited.

Does registering limited partnership require any formal certificate from the state?

Registering limited partnership (LP) is only required to file a Certificate of Limited Partnership with the Department of State, naming the general partner(s) and providing an address for the general partner(s).

At what extent limited partner(s) is liable for partnership debts?

In a limited partnership formation, a limited partner can be held liable for only the amount of money he or she invested in the company.

Limited Partnership VS Partnership/General Partnership

The difference between a general and limited partnership lies in the liability and management responsibility shared by the partners. In a general partnership, the partners share equally in management and liability, while in a limited partnership the general partner(s) take for granted the bulk of the liability and all of the operational authority, while the limited partners are only liable up to the extent of the investment they put into the limited partnership.




General Partnership

Limited Partnership (LP)


















Partners have unlimited liability


Only general partners have unlimited liability



Operational Requirements


Relatively few legal requirements


Some formal requirements, but less formal than corporations





Typically each partner has an equal voice, unless otherwise arranged


Limited partners are excluded from management unless they serve on the board of directors






Not a taxable entity. Each partner pays tax on his/her share of income & can deduct losses against other sources of income


Files taxes as separate entity, must meet certain criteria to avoid being taxed as a corporation



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