General Partnership, Limited Partnership, and Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

A business entity, wherein two or more people share ownership is called a partnership. This type of business may be formed by individuals, schools, interest-based organizations, businesses, governments or a combination of any of these. All the partners contribute in all aspects of the business, including capital, property, skill and labor. In return, all share in the company’s profits and losses.

Though it is not legally required, a partnership agreement will definitely prove an essential element in this type of business format as this will allow business partners to handle the following important matters with clarity:

  • How business decisions will be made;
  • How profits will be divide;
  • How disputes will be resolved;
  • How ownership may be changed (when bringing in new partners or buying out current partners); and,
  • How the partnership may be dissolved.

There are three types of Partnership:

Limited partnership. Under this partnership arrangement the liability and share in profit of a member is proportionate to the amount of his/her investment. Though one or more individuals can be a limited partner, there is, at least, one who shall remain as a general partner, exercise control of the business and have full personal liability for the debts and obligations of the business. A general partner, as different from a limited partner, earns higher profits, but also has more liability, in case the business suffers financial loss. Limited partners do not participate in management decisions.

General partnership. Under this arrangement, profits, losses, management responsibility and liability are divided equally among the members. If there will be unequal distribution, it is recommended that this, as well as specific percentages assigned to each partner be stated in the Partnership agreement. General partnership comes with a tax advantage: profits are not taxed to the business; partners include these on their individual tax returns, thus a lower tax rate.

Limited liability partnership (LLP). Under this arrangement, some or all business partners have limited liability. One partner, however, will not be held liable for another partner’s acts of negligence or misconduct.

When starting a business, the advice and assistance of a qualified legal professional is always vital as this can affect a firm’s future growth and changes; these will also have a substantial impact on how a business functions and operates.

As pointed out by Tucson corporate attorneys, “Corporate formation doesn’t have to be a daunting challenge. With the guidance of an experienced attorney, new businesses, such as those in Tucson can be given the establishment they need to grow and flourish. Furthermore, with such help, a business owner can rest assured that critical legal errors that could affect the company’s success will be avoided.”

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Environmental Impact of Bottled Water

Growing health concerns have made us more aware of everything that we eat and drink, including the quality of our drinking water. The many water-borne diseases that have cropped up in recent times, thanks to the widespread contamination of our natural water supplies from industrial and commercial activities, have prompted most of us to ensure our safety by purchasing bottled water. That’s all well and good and certainly understandable, but the thing is when we do that we’re contributing to the problem rather than solving it, primarily because of the bottles themselves.

Bottled water typically comes in one-use plastic bottles that are highly toxic to the environment. It requires a lot of fossil fuel to produce, and when discarded, they are not generally recyclable unless they are Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, and those are only 1 in every 5 bottles produced because they are more expensive. Non-recyclable bottles become litter and contribute 2 million tons to the already overflowing landfills in the US every year. If they are incinerated they release deadly hydrocarbons into the air. If that doesn’t convince you to stop buying bottled water, consider this: bottled water costs as much as 300 times that of tap water.

It is just makes environmental and practical sense not to buy bottled water and to rely on the municipally-treated water that is available in most homes in the US with a twist of the tap for our drinking water needs.

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Taking Care of Your Family’s Finances

It is a sad reality that a majority of problems that a family goes through is caused by money. It may be too much or too little; in either case, disputes can occur that can splinter a family into factions that is not only distressing, it is unhealthy. One way to take care of your family’s finances in an orderly fashion is to do estate planning.

Estate planning is providing for the disposition of all your measurable assets in a manner that you consider fit. It is a plan that takes into account what you want to give to whom and when. As the owner, you retain control of your properties even when you are no longer around or unable to express your wishes articulately. Most people equate this with a will, but there are other methods of doing estate planning that may be more appropriate, such as trusts.

However, estate planning is not a simple undertaking. The laws governing estate planning methods are typically complicated, and the average person will have no idea what the appropriate financial instruments are for particular assets and heirs. For example, if the heir has not yet been born, what kind of trust would be applicable? For property where mineral rights are being leased, how should the income be divided, or should it be sold outright?

There are major factors that have to be considered when apportioning assets so that it is equitable for all parties. One is valuation of real property. Another is taxation. There are also fiduciary concerns, such as who will manage the property as well as serve as a guardian for minor children until such time as they are old enough to take control themselves. If the concerned property is in arrears, for example, and falls under Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the debt will be managed by the fiduciary agent.

When taking care of your family’s finances, you should always keep in mind that you will not always be around. To safeguard against complications, it is best to get an expert to help you in estate planning while you are hale and hearty, because you just never know what may happen tomorrow. Read more about untimely and wrongful death on the website of the Mokaram personal injury lawyers.

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