What is a Limited Partnership?

HandshakeA limited partnership is a legal business entity made up of at least one limited partner and at least one general partner. Business people trying to decide which type of business entity to establish might choose a limited partnership because it offers the beneficial flexibility and tax treatment of a partnership, while allowing different levels of ownership and involvement among the partners.

Limited partners are investors

Limited partners may invest in a company and hold partial ownership, but may not exercise management authority. The upside is that limited partners are protected from partnership liability beyond their capital contributions, or as otherwise agreed in the partnership agreement. Limited partners are usually passive investors.

General partners, on the other hand, manage and control the limited partnership. They have authority to enter into contracts on behalf of the partnership and otherwise bind the partnership. Because of their exclusive management role, general partners owe certain fiduciary duties to the limited partners and other general partners.

In our next article, we’ll discuss the fiduciary duties of general partners in a limited partnership.

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Chris Peterson is an attorney and the owner and founder of Peterson Law Group, a Texas law firm with offices in Bryan/College Station and Kingwood. He mainly practices in the areas of Estate Planning and Business Planning. Chris is also a Certified Estate Planner. Besides his law practice, Chris is a serial entrepreneur and community volunteer. He is known for his cutting edge law practice that utilizes technology to deliver efficient, excellent work.