What will each partner bring to the company? Your agreement should address this issue in detail, including not only what each partner brings as start-up costs, but also all the devices or other equipment that each partner brings to the company. Your agreement should contain an inventory of the items each partner brings to the company, with a description of how ownership is determined in case the partner leaves the business. As has already been said, disputes are inevitable in all respects. In business dealings, disputes can be blocked and even require mediation, arbitration or, unfortunately, legal action. Try to avoid the time and cost of litigation by requiring mediation and arbitration as the first (and hopefully definitive) solution to commercial disputes. There are many ways to resolve disputes so that your partnership agreement can list alternative dispute resolution methods. The aim is to formally identify these methods of solution in advance and include them in the partnership agreement when all heads are cold and clear. The most common conflicts in partnership are due to decision-making problems and disputes between partners. The partnership agreement sets conditions for the decision-making process, which may include a voting system or other method of monitoring and balancing between partners. In addition to decision-making procedures, a partnership agreement should include instructions for resolving disputes between partners. This objective is generally achieved by a conciliation clause in the agreement, which aims to provide a means of resolving disputes between partners without judicial intervention.
Consult your state`s Secretary of State/Department of Affairs on the requirements for partnership agreements. Because more than one person makes decisions and influences results, different aspects of business creation and management need to be addressed in advance. While this is not necessary, I strongly recommend that partnerships have a partnership agreement to explain corporate ownership and partner responsibilities. The clearer and more comprehensive the agreement, the less debate or disagreement there will be if the partners are not quite on an equal footing.