Form a Partnership - LP / LLP / GP Agreements - $99


SunDoc Filings submits formation documents for filing the same day. Simply upload your Partnership Agreement and we will take it from there.  
 
 
Cost: $99 (plus state fees)
Turnaround Time: varies by state
 

 

Form a Limited Liability Partnership, Limited Partnership, or General Partnership in any state FAST with our expedited services. Unlike other filing companies, our walk-in/counter service is our standard service offering.  We can help you form any business entity.  We do not mail in our filings, saving you time and needless "rush" fees.  Let our experience go to work for you. 

 

SunDoc Filings has filed thousands of partnerships since 1999. Our skilled Account Managers are always ready to help.

Please note:

Many documents cannot be filed because of name issues, errors, omissions or misstatements contained in the proposed filings. We cannot provide legal or business advice. If you have specific legal questions or concerns, please consult an attorney. For general information about name availability and name style requirements relating to limited liability partnerships, please refer to the local Secretary of State's guidelines.

 


                             

  Partnership FAQs

 

 
How do I form a Partnership?
The information required for filing Articles of Organization varies by state and type of business. If you incorporate through SunDoc Filings, simply complete our online order form or place an order by phone, we prepare documents for your signature and then file your Articles of Organization. You must also pay filing fees and any applicable initial franchise taxes or other fees.
 
Do I need an attorney to incorporate?
No. You can prepare and file the Articles yourself, but you should understand the requirements of your intended state.  If you are unsure of forming the correct entity for you, we strongly suggest that you should consult an attorney or accountant.
 
Which state is best for me?
Once you’ve decided to form a Partnership, the next step is to decide which state. It is not a requirement to form your entity in the state where it is physically located (the home state), but there are factors to consider when evaluating which state is best. For small businesses, two factors are typically considered when deciding where to form a Partnership: the cost of forming in the home state, versus the cost of forming in another state and the taxation and ongoing requirements of the states under consideration.
1. Home state Partnership versus Foreign Qualification: If the Partnership is a closely held Partnership (meaning it has one or few shareholders, and does business primarily within a single state), forming the Partnership within the home state is often preferable. A Partnership that qualifies to do business in another state is subject to taxes and annual report fees from both the home state and the state of qualification. Besides cost, another disadvantage of forming outside of your home state is the possibility of having to defend a lawsuit in another state.
2. Partnership requirements and taxation: When deciding where to incorporate, it’s also good to research that state’s ongoing requirements (such as annual report and franchise tax requirements), as well as Limited Liability state taxation requirements.
 
Which states offer a rush filing service?
Rush Filing Service is available in the states listed in the chart below. The turnaround time listed adjacent to each state is the time it will take us to receive proof that your Partnership documents have been filed with the state.  Total time for receiving your state-approved Partnership documents from the state and returning them to you may take around a week after verification.

State

Turnaround Time

State

Turnaround Time

Alaska

24 hours

Massachusetts

24 hours

Arkansas

24 hours

Michigan

48 hours

California

24 hours

Montana

24 hours

Colorado

24 hours

Nevada

48 hours

Connecticut

48 hours

New Jersey

24 hours

Delaware

24 hours

New York

24 hours

Florida

24 hours

North Carolina

48 hours

Hawaii

48 hours

Ohio

48 hours

Kansas

24 hours

Texas

24 hours

Maryland

48 hours

 Virginia

48 hours
 
Why should I include Rush Filing Service with my Partnership order?
Using SunDoc Filings' Rush Filing Service secures your name and Partnership date in as little as 24 hours. This service is particularly valuable when you need proof of your Partnership to secure a contract or open a bank account.  Our non-rush service is still a “walk-in” service, unlike other filing companies that mail in your filings, often taking months to complete.  Our non-rush service takes about two weeks.  Call or email for current processing times.
 
What is a registered agent?
A registered agent is typically an individual, business entity, or in some states, a Partnership that has filed additional paperwork with the state filing agency so they can become a registered agent. If your Partnership is ever involved in a lawsuit the plaintiff’s attorney and/or the court will serve your Partnership via a process server to inform you of the suit. Even though a Partnership is a separate entity, it cannot answer the door and physically accept the court document in its hand. Therefore, state filing agencies require that a Partnership designates a Registered Agent. The state filing agency requires that the Registered Agent maintains a physical address (no P.O. Boxes or PMB’s) in the state in which the company is doing business. The Registered Agent is also required to be available at the physical address Monday through Friday during normal business hours to accept service of process. The name and address of the Registered Agent will become public record that anybody can access. For a small annual fee, SunDoc Filings will appoint a Registered Agent to act on your company’s behalf. The Registered Agent will take the responsibility of being served and forward all service of process to your company immediately. We can act as a Registered agent for your company located in any of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, please click here.

What is a publication requirement and are there publication requirements for a Partnership?
Some states require new Partnerships or newly qualified Partnerships to publish in a widely circulated newspaper some information about their business. Currently, the only states that require Partnerships to publish are Arizona, Georgia, Nebraska and Pennsylvania SunDoc Filings can help your company meet its filing requirements in all four states for an additional service fee, or you can make arrangements on your own. Please contact us for further questions regarding publication.
 
How do I obtain or prepare an operating agreement?
The Partnership's bylaws set forth the company's rules and regulations. Similar to bylaws, an operating agreement provides the framework to operating the Limited Liability Company. Companies do not file the bylaws or operating agreements with the Secretary of State. Instead, businesses keep them with their internal company records.  When you order a corporate / LLC kit, sample bylaws are included.
 
Do I also need to file a DBA (assumed name)?
A DBA (Doing Business As) or assumed name is the legal term for registering your business name. In some jurisdictions it is called a fictitious owner affidavit or fictitious business name. The purpose is to avoid confusion and fraud in the marketplace. Because real names and addresses are required on the application, creditors and other interested parties can connect a business name to the actual owner of the business by looking up the DBA.  Filing a DBA protects the public from fraudulent use of a name – preventing someone from ‘hiding behind a business name’ – and protects the registered business from others who might try to impersonate them by doing business under that name.
A sole proprietorship is not always required to file for a DBA – an owner can operate under their actual name. This may cause difficulties when taxes are calculated because it can be hard to tell when a purchase was for the business and when it was for personal use. For accounting reasons, filing a DBA is a good idea. Having a legal assumed name on file also means bank accounts can be opened in that name. A checking account and credit cards can be opened using the fictitious name as well. Simple partnerships have the same requirements as sole proprietorships. A DBA is not required if the business operates under the partner's true names. A limited partnership does have to file for an assumed name at the Secretary of State’s Office as part of the paperwork necessary to create a limited partnership.
Other business structures – C Corp, S Corp, LLC – have name registration built into the formal process of creation. The formal name in these cases will include Inc. or LLC or Corp. as part of the name to identify the type of business to the public.  The local government authority, usually at the county level will accept and register an assumed name. Although the requirements vary by jurisdiction, in Limited Liability the owner or authorized representative personally fills out a form at the county treasurer's office. (Other departments that accept DBA applications are the County Register of Deeds or the Secretary of State.)