View Full Version : Joint Contracts?

03-07-2010, 02:23 PM
Hello Everyone,
Ive been taking a look through the contracts on this site and can't seem to find what im looking for. I need a joint contract..or atleast thats what i think its called. Basically a contract bonding me and my partner together so neither of us can make a move in the company without the other. I can explain it more in depth if you have any questions. The contract needs to cover just the two of us (both owners of the company) So i was curious if any of you have one, or have seen something similar to what im looking for. If not im already planning on writing my own and i will post it up here. But i could use some tips so i dont leave anything out or any major loop holes.

Thankyou. JK Lawn Care

03-07-2010, 09:50 PM
okay so i found out its more commonly called a partnership or partnership agreement (contract) so im sorry for the mistake..any advice would still be greatly appreciated

03-08-2010, 11:58 AM
I am glad you found more about the partnership agreements.

Basically a contract bonding me and my partner together so neither of us can make a move in the company without the other. I can explain it more in depth if you have any questions.

Can you tell us a bit about the issues you are concerned about with forming a partnership?

03-08-2010, 03:13 PM
Theres really no current issues im just trying to protect myself in the long run (as well as him). Basically i just want something saying neither of us can run off or sell equipment without consent of the other, neither can sell the company or leave the company, neither can take out a loan or anything. Just to protect the integrity of the buisness. Were both close friends but many friends start businesses together and once the money rolls in things get shaky. and i just want something to prevent this from happening. Also with the partnership agreement it needs a termination agreement (i believe thats what its called) to say what we do with the business,equipment,clients,and money if we ever are to split.

Hope this helps..I dont know a whole lot so i cant give much insight onto what i want

And note this is just a precautionary agreement. Me and my partner have every intention on staying together with this.

JP Landscaping
03-08-2010, 04:58 PM

This PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT is made on ____________, 20__ between __________________________________________ and __________________________________________.

1. NAME AND BUSINESS. The parties hereby form a partnership under the name of __________________________________________ to conduct a __________________________________________. The principal office of the business shall be in _______________________.

2. TERM. The partnership shall begin on ________________, 20____, and shall continue until terminated as herein provided.

3. CAPITAL. The capital of the partnership shall be contributed in cash by the partners as follows: A separate capital account shall be maintained for each partner. Neither partner shall withdraw any part of his capital account. Upon the demand of either partner, the capital accounts of the partners shall be maintained at all times in the proportions in which the partners share in the profits and losses of the partnership.

4. PROFIT AND LOSS. The net profits of the partnership shall be divided equally between the partners and the net losses shall be borne equally by them. A separate income account shall be maintained for each partner. Partnership profits and losses shall be charged or credited to the separate income account of each partner. If a partner has no credit balance in his income account, losses shall be charged to his capital account.

5. SALARIES AND DRAWINGS. Neither partner shall receive any salary for services rendered to the partnership. Each partner may, from time to time, withdraw the credit balance in his income account.

6. INTEREST. No interest shall be paid on the initial contributions to the capital of the partnership or on any subsequent contributions of capital.

7. MANAGEMENT DUTIES AND RESTRICTIONS. The partners shall have equal rights in the management of the partnership business, and each partner shall devote his entire time to the conduct of the business. Without the consent of the other partner neither partner shall on behalf of the partnership borrow or lend money, or make, deliver, or accept any commercial paper, or execute any mortgage, security agreement, bond, or lease, or purchase or contract to purchase, or sell or contract to sell any property for or of the partnership other than the type of property bought and sold in the regular course of its business.

8. BANKING. All funds of the partnership shall be deposited in its name in such checking account or accounts as shall be designated by the partners. All withdrawals are to be made upon checks signed by either partner.

9. BOOKS. The partnership books shall be maintained at the principal office of the partnership, and each partner shall at all times have access thereto. The books shall be kept on a fiscal year basis, commencing _____________________ and ending _____________________, and shall be closed and balanced at the end of each fiscal year. An audit shall be made as of the closing date.

10. VOLUNTARY TERMINATION. The partnership may be dissolved at any time by agreement of the partners, in which event the partners shall proceed with reasonable promptness to liquidate the business of the partnership. The partnership name shall be sold with the other assets of the business. The assets of the partnership business shall be used and distributed in the following order: (a) to pay or provide for the payment of all partnership liabilities and liquidating expenses and obligations; (b) to equalize the income accounts of the partners; (c) to discharge the balance of the income accounts of the partners; (d) to equalize the capital accounts of the partners; and (e) to discharge the balance of the capital accounts of the partners.

11. DEATH. Upon the death of either partner, the surviving partner shall have the right either to purchase the interest of the decedent in the partnership or to terminate and liquidate the partnership business. If the surviving partner elects to purchase the decedent's interest, he shall serve notice in writing of such election, within three months after the death of the decedent, upon the executor or administrator of the decedent, or, if at the time of such election no legal representative has been appointed, upon any one of the known legal heirs of the decedent at the last-known address of such heir. (a) If the surviving partner elects to purchase the interest of the decedent in the partnership, the purchase price shall be equal to the decedent's capital account as at the date of his death plus the decedent's income account as at the end of the prior fiscal year, increased by his share of partnership profits or decreased by his share of partnership losses for the period from the beginning of the fiscal year in which his death occurred until the end of the calendar month in which his death occurred, and decreased by withdrawals charged to his income account during such period. No allowance shall be made for goodwill, trade name, patents, or other intangible assets, except as those assets have been reflected on the partnership books immediately prior to the decedent's death; but the survivor shall nevertheless be entitled to use the trade name of the partnership. (b) Except as herein otherwise stated, the procedure as to liquidation and distribution of the assets of the partnership business shall be the same as stated in paragraph 10 with reference to voluntary termination.

12. ARBITRATION. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement, or the breach hereof, shall be settled by arbitration in accordance with the rules, then obtaining, of the American Arbitration Association, and judgment upon the award rendered may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.

Executed this ______________ day of _________________, 20_____ in _____________________ [city], _____________________ [state].

__________________________________________________ _____

__________________________________________________ _____

JP Landscaping
03-08-2010, 05:03 PM
Articles of limited partnership.

Articles of Limited Partnership

This limited partnership agreement is made on _________[date] in _________ by and between _________ as general partners and _________ as limited partners.

Article I.

Governing Law

The parties to this agreement by it form a limited partnership pursuant to the provisions of the Uniform Limited Partnership Act of the State of _________, and that act shall govern the rights and liabilities of the parties to this agreement.

Article II.


The name of this limited partnership shall be _________.

Article III.


This limited partnership shall begin the day the certificate of limited partnership is duly filed and shall continue until terminated in accordance with this agreement.

Article IV.


The purposes of this limited partnership are to invest in improved and unimproved real estate in the State of _________ and to lease, develop, sell, mortgage, or otherwise transfer all or a portion of the real estate with the goal of earning a profit for the limited partnership.

Article V.

Principal Place of Business

The principal place of business of the limited partnership shall be in _________ or such other place or places as the general partners may designate from time to time.

Article VI.

Capital Contributions

(a). The general partners shall transfer to the limited partnership the real estate described in Exhibit I under the terms and conditions set forth in that exhibit. The general partners shall not be required to make any additional contributions to capital.

(b). Each limited partner shall contribute the amount of cash specified in Exhibit II.

(c). If any limited partner fails to make h entire cash contribution within 30 days after the date of this agreement, then he will be in default, and the general partners may sell and transfer all or any part of the limited partnership interest of the defaulting limited partner to another limited partner or, if no other limited partner will purchase the interest, to any other person. The sale and transfer shall be made in such manner as the general partners may determine, and upon such sale and transfer, the defaulting limited partner shall cease to have any right, title or interest in the limited partnership with respect to the portion sold and transferred. Notwithstanding any sale and transfer, the defaulting limited partner shall remain liable to the limited partnership for the delinquent amount, less any net amount received from the sale and transfer, plus interest from the date due until the date paid at the rate of _____% per annum and all reasonable attorney fees, costs, and expenses incurred by the limited partnership to recover the delinquent amount.

(d). Each partner's capital contribution shall be credited to a separate capital account to be maintained for each partner. No interest shall be paid on any capital contribution.

Article VII.

Partnership Management

(a). The partnership business shall be managed by the general partners. In addition to those powers granted to the general partners by law, the general partners shall have the power to execute leases and management contracts, incur obligations on behalf of the limited partnership in connection with the business, and execute on behalf of the limited partnership any and all instruments necessary to carry out the purposes of the limited partnership, including the power to dispose of the real property or other assets of the limited partnership for full and adequate consideration. However, the general partners may not sell or pledge more than _____% of the assets owned by the limited partnership at the time of sale or pledge in one or a series of transactions without the affirmative vote of limited partners entitled to _____% or more of the profits of the limited partnership.

(b). No limited partner may participate in the management of the limited partnership or subject the limited partnership to any liability or obligation.

(c). The general partners may employ persons in the operation and management of the limited partnership business for such compensation as they determine.

(d). The general partners have no authority to do any act in contravention of this agreement or the certificate of limited partnership; to do any act that would make it impossible to carry on the limited partnership's ordinary business; to confess a judgment against the limited partnership; to admit anyone as a partner except as otherwise provided in this agreement; or to possess or assign rights in limited partnership property for other than a limited partnership purpose.

Article VIII.

Status of Limited Partners

(a). The limited partners are not personally liable for the expenses, liabilities, or obligations of the limited partnership.

(b). A limited partner may only withdraw h capital account following the termination of the limited partnership, but no part of the capital account of any limited partner may be withdrawn unless all partnership liabilities, other than liabilities to partners on account of their capital contributions, have been paid or unless the partnership has sufficient assets to pay such liabilities. In making such a withdrawal, no limited partner may demand or receive property other than cash in return for his capital contribution.

Article IX.

Addition of Limited Partners

Except when a limited partner has defaulted in making h capital contribution, the general partners may not admit additional limited partners without the consent of limited partners entitled to _____% of the profits of the limited partnership.

Article X.

Profits and Losses

(a). Profit. The net profit of the limited partnership shall be equal to the taxable income of the limited partnership as shown in the limited partnership tax return filed with the United States.

Except as provided in Article XI, profits shall be divided as follows:

(1). _____% to the capital accounts of the general partners in accordance with the percentages set forth in Exhibit I.

(2). _____% to the capital accounts of the limited partners in accordance with the percentages set forth in Exhibit II.

(b). Losses. All losses shall be entirely allocated to the limited partners' capital accounts in proportion to their capital contributions, but no limited partner may be liable for more than h individual investment in the limited partnership.

Article XI.

Limitation on Allocations and Distributions to General Partners

Notwithstanding Article X, the general partners shall not receive any share of profits or distribution of capital until such time as a limited partner has been returned h investment through a combination of profits and losses. For the purpose of this computation, the capital contribution of a limited partner shall be considered to be $_____. From this amount, 100% of the profits distributed to a person making such a capital contribution and 50% of the losses shall be deducted.

Article XII.

Assignment of Partners' Interests

(a). General partners. No general partner may assign, mortgage, encumber, or sell all or a portion of h interest as general partner to anyone other than another general partner or limited partner. The transferee shall be a general partner to the extent of the interest transferred.

(b). Limited partners. A limited partner's right to receive any income from the limited partnership may not be transferred without the prior, written consent of the general partners, who may not unreasonably withhold such consent. A limited partner may not transfer all or a portion of h capital interest unless he first gives the other limited partners the opportunity to purchase the interest at its fair market value, as determined by the general partners. The limited partners shall have _________ days to purchase the interest.

Article XIII.

Compensation for General Partners

In addition to receiving a share of net profits, as provided in Article X, the general partners are entitled to a management fee equal to _____% of the value of the assets listed on the year-end balance sheet of the limited partnership, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, but in calculating the value of the assets for the purpose of determining the management fee, there shall be no reduction for accumulated depreciation.

Article XIV.


Partnership funds shall be deposited in such bank or banks as the general partners select. All withdrawals shall be made with checks signed by a general partner or h authorized agent.

Article XV.

Books and Records

The limited partnership shall maintain its books and records at its principal place of business or such other place as designated by the general partners. The books and records shall be available for reasonable inspection by any partner or a partner's authorized representative. At the end of each calendar year, the general partners shall choose a certified public accountant to make a certified audit of the books and distribute to the limited partners a full and detailed statement of business operations during the year. Each partner has the right to conduct, at h own expense, a private audit of the books and records if he does so at a reasonable time and after notifying the general partners, but not more often than once in 18 months.

Article XVI.

Termination of Limited Partnership

The limited partnership shall terminate upon the happening of any of the following events:

(a). Sale of all or substantially all of the partnership assets.

(b). The death, bankruptcy, retirement, or adjudication of insanity or incompetence of the last remaining general partner.

(c). The insolvency or bankruptcy of the limited partnership.

(d). Agreement by limited partners entitled to _____% or more of the profits of the limited partnership that the limited partnership shall terminate.

Article XVII.

Distribution on Dissolution

After the termination of the limited partnership, the general partners or, if paragraph (b) of Article XVI applies, the limited partners shall liquidate the partnership property and apply the proceeds in the following order of priority:

(a). To creditors (except limited partners on account of their contributions and general partners) in the order of their priority as provided by law.

(b). To partners as follows:

(1). _____% to the general partners in accordance with the percentages set forth in Exhibit I.

(2). _____% to the limited partners in accordance with the percentages set forth in Exhibit II.

Article XVIII.

Power of Attorney

Each of the limited partners by this agreement constitutes and appoints _________, general partners, as h true and lawful attorneys with the power to make, execute, sign, acknowledge and file in h name, place, and stead a certificate of limited partnership under the laws of the State of _________, and a certificate of conducting business under an assumed name, and to execute such other instruments as may be required under the laws of the State of _________, and any amendments to the foregoing.

Article XIX.

Death, Retirement or Incompetency of General Partner

When a general partner dies, retires, or is adjudicated insane or incompetent, he, h personal representative, or guardian shall be paid the amount the general partner would have received had the limited partnership been liquidated at that time. After such payment is made, the interests of the remaining general partners and the limited partners shall be adjusted in accordance with Exhibits I and II.

Article XX.

Death or Incompetency of Limited Partner

When a limited partner dies or is adjudicated insane or incompetent, h personal representative or guardian shall succeed to the rights of the limited partner.

Article XXI.


All notices provided for in this agreement shall be sent by registered or certified mail to the parties at the addresses set forth in Exhibit III.

Article XXII.


This agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns of the partners.

Article XXIII.


Any controversy arising in relation to this agreement shall be settled by arbitration in the City of _________ pursuant to the then applicable rules of the American Arbitration Association.

Article XXIV.


This agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall constitute an original of it.

Article XXV.

Accounting Year

The accounting year of the limited partnership shall be the calendar year.

Article XXVI.


This agreement may be amended with the consent of limited partners entitled to _____% or more of the profits of the limited partnership.

Article XXVII.

Organizational Expenses

All expenses required for the formation of the limited partnership shall be paid by the limited partnership.

Article XXVIII.

Integration Clause

This agreement constitutes the final written expression of the parties' agreement, and any statements, oral or written, that differ from the terms of this agreement shall have no effect.

In witness of which, the parties have executed this agreement _________[date].

_________Limited Partners
_________General Partners


03-08-2010, 06:26 PM
This is Great!
Ive been looking allover and ive picked up bits and pieces but this is amazing.

Thank you so much JP Landscaping. :D

03-09-2010, 11:46 AM
For those that are considering starting up a partnership, can you tell us a little how you will be splitting up the duties between the partners?

03-09-2010, 10:22 PM
Well steve i guess ill start

Were going to be mostly equal in terms of splitting us up but I will be taking care of advertisement design,The Website, and the quickbooks account..that is until we get a company computer..Everything done with any of those is always approved by him of course

as far as lawn management and customer service area goes
were both going to be equal on that.

We will both show up to the site, do our work and head to the next.

Both of us will handle customers and anything they need. but well always be sure to run it by the other for approval no matter what it is.

Estimates, well we plan on both showing up to the site to come up with an estimate thatll make both us and the customer happy. Until we understand eachother and know the other wont high or lowball.

03-10-2010, 11:48 AM
Keep us posted on how all this goes. I look forwards to hearing more about your experiences.