General Partnership Agreement for New York - Legal Template

This New York general partnership agreement template provides basic guidelines for how a general partnership will be conducted. Because a general partnership does not offer liability protection, it’s especially important for partners to agree upon clear expectations and terms. You should customize this template to set forth how your partnership will be managed, how profits will be distributed and what will happen when the partnership ends, among other issues.


This partnership agreement is made on [Date] between ____________________ and _____________________,whom hereinafter are referred to as the “Partners,” agree as follows:

1. Name and Business

The Partners voluntarily associate themselves together as general partners for the purpose of conducting the general business of [Broad Business Description], and any other type of business that may from time to time be agreed on by the Partners. The parties hereby form a partnership under the name of [Business Name]. The principal place of business shall be at [Address/City] in New York, United States of America and any other place or places that may be mutually agreed upon by the Partners.

2. Term

The partnership shall commence on [Partnership Start Date], and shall continue until terminated.

3. Capital

The initial capital of this Partnership shall be the sum of $[Initial Capital Contribution], to which each Partner shall contribute by depositing in a checking account in the name of the Partnership, the following amounts: $[Amount of Partner’s Contribution] by [Partner Name] and $[Amount of Partner’s Contribution] by [Partner Name]. A separate capital account shall be maintained for each partner.

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. Accordingly, neither partner shall withdraw any part of their capital account.

4. Profits and Losses

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 their income account, losses shall be charged to their capital account.

5. Interest

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

6. Salaries

As compensation for his or her services in and to the Partnership business, each Partner shall be entitled to a salary of $[Partner Monthly Salary] each month, which shall be deducted by the Partnership as an ordinary and necessary business expense before determination of net profits. The salary of any Partner may, however, be increased or reduced at any time by mutual agreement of all the Partners.

7. Partnership Funds

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 therefrom are to be made upon checks signed by either partner.

8. Partnership Books

At all times during the continuation of the Partnership, the Partners shall keep accurate books of account in which all matters relating to the Partnership, including all of its income, expenditures, assets, and liabilities, shall be entered. These books shall kept at the principal place of business and be open to examination by either Partner at any time.

9. Management Duties

The partners shall have equal rights in the management of the partnership business including the authority to bind the Partnership in making contracts and incurring obligations in the name and on the credit of the firm, and each partner shall devote their 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.

10.  Dissolution

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 of a Partner

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 [___] 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 their death plus the decedent's income account as at the end of the prior fiscal year, increased by their share of partnership profits or decreased by their share of partnership losses for the period from the beginning of the fiscal year in which their death occurred until the end of the calendar month in which their death occurred, and decreased by withdrawals charged to their 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.

12. Notices

All notices between the parties provided for or permitted under this Agreement or by law shall be in writing and shall be deemed duly served when personally delivered to a Partner or, instead of personal service, when deposited in the United States mail, as certified, with postage prepaid, and addressed to the partner at the address of the principal place of business of the Partnership or to another place that may from time to time be specified in a notice given pursuant to this paragraph as the address for service of notice on the Partner.

13. Governing Law.

It is the intent of the parties hereto that all questions with respect to the construction of this Agreement and the rights, duties, obligations and liabilities of the parties shall be determined in accordance with the applicable provisions of the laws of the State of New York, without regard to conflicts of law provisions.

14. 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 in the State of New York.

15. Integration

This Partnership Agreement contains the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement, and supersedes all prior negotiations, agreements and understandings with respect thereto. This Agreement may only be amended by a written document duly executed by all parties.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have signed this Agreement.

Executed this ______________ day of _________________, 20__, in [City, State].


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