Family partnership agreement

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Ideal for family businesses or groups of friends working together, this partnership agreement provides a good framework for setting out how the business will be run. It is slightly less formal than our standard partnership agreement, but still includes the provisions small businesses need.
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About this family partnership agreement

This partnership agreement has been drawn for people working in business together who simply do not need the “bells and whistles” of the very full version we also offer - most likely because there is greater trust between partners.

However, we must make clear that this is not a basic or cut down version. This document has been professionally drawn to protect your interests and to provide a really useful commercial framework for your work together.

Why having a written partnership agreement is important

The law relating to partnerships is very basic indeed. It doesn't reflect how modern day partnerships operate. A good agreement therefore should not only improve on the default provisions, but also include paragraphs that set out in greater detail how your business will work.

Many families or groups of friends enter into business with each other without a formal agreement because they feel that there is no need to formalise the relationship when there is a high level of trust between the partners. That is fine - the reason to use a partnership agreement with family and friends does not have to be for protection, but should be to contract out of the brutal default provisions of the Partnership Act 1932.

When to use this document

This agreement is ideal for groups of friends working together or for a family business where there is already a high level of trust and co-operation between the business partners.

This agreement could be used in any of the following situations:

  • when two or more friends start a new business together;
  • when a new person takes a share in an existing business operated by one person;
  • when existing family partners want to formalise their partnership agreement;
  • when existing partners want to change the balance of control and ownership of the business.

Main contents

  • Partnership shares
  • Partnership property
  • Setting up: money, shares, how long for
  • Drawings
  • Meetings and voting
  • Holidays, cars and other parts of the framework
  • Accounts and records
  • Restrictions to protect other partners
  • Expulsion
  • Comprehensive termination provisions to protect ongoing partners
  • Other partnership terms
  • Other legal paragraphs to protect your interests

Recent reviews

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27 April 2020
Joanne Cummings
Review of the New Zealand version
Great Service
04 December 2017
Easy to follow, good notes, value for money.
Steven Tubby
Review of the New Zealand version
Great Service
25 November 2017
Simple to follow
Rob Adam
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