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Meaning of partnership — Partnership is an association of persons with the object of jointly doing something to make a profit. In other words, when two or more persons, with the object of making a profit, agree to do business jointly it is deemed that a partnership has come into existence.
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In this article, she has discussed the relation of partners to one another, partnership property, and the impact of change in the firm on mutual rights and duties of the partners. There are two fundamental principles which govern the relation of partners to one another. The first principle provides that all the partners in a partnership firm are free to form an agreement with regard to their mutual rights and duties. However, there are certain duties mentioned in The Indian Partnership Act, which can not be altered by entering into an agreement to the contrary.
Section 11 of the Act gives statutory recognition to this principle. The second principle is of fundamental nature. It provides that the relation of partners to one another is of the utmost good faith. It provides that every partner is an agent of each other, therefore, the contract entered by one of the partners will bind all the partners.
Thus, the relation of partners to one another is based on mutual trust and confidence. The principle is recognised by Section 9 of the Partnership Act. All the duties of partners emerge from the second principle i. Following are the duties of partners:. Mutual Rights of the partners generally depend upon the provisions of the agreement.
But subject to their agreement, the law confers following rights on partners:. It becomes important to determine the property of the firm as opposed to the personal property of partners. For example , when the partnership is dissolved then the debts are first paid out of the property of the firm. Again, the partnership property should be used only for the business purpose and not for personal purposes.
A partnership is not a legal person and is, therefore, incapable of holding any personal property. Partnership property is nothing but the joint property of all the partners, however, none of the partners can personally claim the property. Thus, when one of the partners brings his personal property for the purpose of the partnership, he loses his personal rights over it.
He will only get the share of profits which may be agreed by the partners. Generally, it is an agreement between the partners which specifies what shall constitute a partnership property.
Section 14 of the Act, provides what shall constitute the partnership property. It must be noted that this is subject to the agreement, and the partners can explicitly mention in the contract that what will be the partnership property. Hence, Section 14 will apply only in the cases when there was no agreement between the partners stating that what would be the partnership property.
The property of the firm includes all property, rights, and interests which were originally brought into the stock of the firm by the partners at the commencement of the business. In Boda Narayana Murthy and sons v. Valluri Venkata Suguna , there were five people who purchased a land jointly and subsequently constructed a cinema hall with the joint money. Then all the five persons entered into a partnership to form firm to exhibit the film there. Goodwill of the firm is treated as the property of the firm.
Goodwill is nothing but the reputation of the firm. When a partner buys the firm then he is entitled to the goodwill as well. B cannot use the name of the firm when he opens the business and cannot represent himself as a partner of the firm. If a person dies or retires, then he or his legal representatives will be entitled to claim for the goodwill. This is because the goodwill of the firm is the result of his joint efforts along with other partners.
When a property is subsequently brought for the purposes of the firm or in the ordinary course of the business, then it would constitute the property of the firm. In Mohan Lal Bahri v. It was held by the court that, the fact that the property is not included in the assets for income tax purposes is immaterial and hence, the property belonged to the firm and not to the partner.
Sometimes, the personal property of the partner may be used in a firm. If such property constitutes the property of the firm or not will depend upon the agreement of the partnership and intention of the partners.
In Jai Narayan Mishra v. Hashmathunnisa Begum , one of the partners had contributed the land for the use of business and the other had constructed the cinema hall on land.
There was no provision in the agreement stating that the property would be treated as the property of the firm. Where the property is bought by the partner from the partnership money but for the sole benefit of the partner, then, in that case, a partner will become the debtor of the firm and the property would be the partner would be the sole owner of any such property bought by him. When a partnership is created for a fixed period or for a particular adventure then such a partnership automatically comes to an end after the expiry of such period or adventure.
However, sometimes the partners continue the partnership beyond the expired term. Section 17 of the Act provides that such a change in the firm will not affect the mutual rights and duties of the partners unless the agreement alters it. The change in the firm can be understood under three broad heads:.
When there is a change in the constitution of the firm i. When the partnership is for a fixed term but the partners carry it on beyond such term then such partnership will become the partnership at will and the mutual rights and duties remain the same. Where the partnership was formed to carry out the specific adventures but carries out other adventures or undertakings, then the partnership becomes the partnership at will and the rights and duties are not affected by any such change.
In a partnership, the partners are free to form an agreement and decide the mutual rights and duties. Relation of partners in the partnership is of utmost good faith, therefore, it is the duty of every partner to work for the greatest common advantage of the firm and to work diligently in order to avoid any loses to the firm.
Mutual rights of the firm generally depend upon the provisions of the agreement but, there are certain rights which are conferred by the act in the case when there is no explicit agreement between the partners, these rights can be abrogated by entering into an agreement to the contrary.
While deciding the shares of the partners in a firm it becomes highly important to determine the partnership property. Theoretically speaking, the partnership property is nothing but the joint property of all the partners. If there is any change in the constitution of the firm or if the partnership continues after the expiry of the term or undertaking for which it was constituted then it does not affect the mutual rights and duties of the partners.
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From the accounts point of view, the chief point to remember is that the relations among the partners will be governed by mutual agreement called Partnership Deed. It is usual, therefore, to find out, in the Partnership Deed, clauses covering the following:. The rate of interest to be allowed to each partner on his capital and on his loan to the firm, and that to be charged on his drawings. The disposal of profits, particularly the ratio in which the profits are to be shared by the partners. The basis of determination of the sums due to the executors of a deceased partner and the method of payment. Often there is no Partnership Deed or, even if there is one, it may be silent on a particular point.
The following are the rights of a partner in a partnership firm. Section 12(a): Right to take part in the conduct of the Business. Section 12(c): Right to be consulted. Section 12(d): Right of access to books. Section 13(a): Right to remuneration. Section 13(b): Right to share profits. Section 13(c): Interest on.
The partner who has invested more in partnership business and directly involves in business activities is called active partner. The partners who have invested money but involve in business activity is called sleeping partner. The partner who has invested money but nominated as a partner is called nominal partner.
In this article, she has discussed the relation of partners to one another, partnership property, and the impact of change in the firm on mutual rights and duties of the partners. There are two fundamental principles which govern the relation of partners to one another. The first principle provides that all the partners in a partnership firm are free to form an agreement with regard to their mutual rights and duties.
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