There are two forms of partnerships: a general and a limited type. Both of these are subject to special authorizations when undergoing a contractual process. In a general partnership, in order to complete a general contract, all partners must consent. The contractual processes may be handled and performed by a separate entity, if hired to do so, on their behalf.
A review of partnership agreements is a necessity in order to ensure that each agreement was valid if all the members’ consents were not given. A partnership is formed with two or more people who are looking to earn a profit. Within the partnership, there is a superior partner, who has more liability than the other partners due to their co-signing or amount of investment put forth.
The Uniform Partnership Act establishes rules and standards for partnerships, A partnership is not a taxpaying entity; it is a tax reporting entity, forming a pass-through taxation which is a key perk. There is a joint liability amongst all the partners for their partnership’s obligations.
In a limited partnership, there are also two types of partners: limited and general. The limited partners have just as much authority in most cases, but they lack the authority to override decisions and commit agreements on behalf of the partnership without the consent of the general partners. The limited partners also have limited liability, where they are not as liable as general partners. Thus, the main decision-making is in the hands of the general partners.
General contracts need to be approved and agreed upon by all general partners. Approval is also needed from limited partners in a majority of the agreements, unless they are not present. General contract review is necessary at the end of each quarter in order to ensure that each agreement was done not only legally, but also with the approval of the general partners.
If a general contract is not approved by a general partner due to their absence, those general contracts are also overlooked at the end of the quarter in order to make sure that the general contracts were agreed upon by the other general partners within the partnership.
General partners owe more liability to the partnership either because they were appointed as a general partner, they had put up more of an investment, they have more capital in which the other partners stay protected, or because they are more experienced and the partnership revolves around their expertise.
General contracts are to be signed by majority of the partners, all of them if possible. If there is a debate to whether a general contract should be signed, it goes into a voting system in which the limited partners’ votes may count as 1 vote, while the general partners may count as 1 1/2 or 2 votes each. This method is designed to maintain an equilibrium within the partnership and to ensure that the partners with more expertise have more of a leverage when it comes to voting on general contracts.