Should you choose a partnership or an LLC for your business?

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2023 | BUSINESS & COMMERCIAL LAW - Business Formation & Planning

When starting a business, it is important to consider the different types of business structures available. Two of the most popular options are partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs). 

Both offer advantages and disadvantages, so it is essential to understand their differences before deciding.

What are the pros and cons of each?

A partnership is an arrangement where two or more people agree to go into business together. Each partner has an equal share in the profits and losses of the company, as well as responsibility for any debts or liabilities incurred by the partnership. Partnerships can be formed with minimal paperwork and cost, but each partner is personally liable for any debts or obligations. Furthermore, one partner’s financial problems can affect the entire business.

An LLC can be owned by one person (a single-member LLC) or multiple owners (a multi-member LLC). It provides its owners with limited liability protection from personal liability for any debts or obligations of the company. Owners are not liable for any debts or obligations created by other members, which makes it a popular choice among small businesses. However, forming an LLC requires more paperwork than a partnership, and Texas requires a $300 filing fee.

It’s crucial to consider your specific needs and business objectives when choosing between a partnership and an LLC. If simplicity and low costs are what you’re after, a partnership might be the ideal option; however, an LLC might be more suitable if you require greater protection from personal liability. In the end, each structure has pros and cons, so make sure you research to find the option that is best for you.