ILN: BUYING AND SELLING REAL ESTATE - AN INTERNATIONAL GUIDE

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6. Absent a Partnership Agreement to the contrary, partnership interests are generally transferable. However, the transfer of an ownership interest in a partnership only transfers the right to receive distributions, and not any other rights of ownership (including the right to participate in management). MCL 449.27. 7. The withdrawal of a partner dissolves the partnership. MCL 449.29 8. Advantages 1. A partnership is a pass-through entity. The partnership passes through its profits and losses to the partners and there is no entity level income tax. 2. Partnerships can be informal, depending on the partnership agreement (or lack thereof). 9. Disadvantages 1. Partnerships are not limited

business of the partnership, unless (i) the conveying partner lacks the authority to make the conveyance, and (ii) the purchaser has actual knowledge of the fact that the conveying partner lacks such authority. MCL 449.9. (ii) If title to real estate is in the name of multiple partners in their individual capacities, all such partners must sign the deed. 2. Fiduciary Duty. Partners have a duty to render true and full information to the partnership. MCL 449.20.

B. LPs 1. A LP is a statutory entity governed by the Michigan Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act (“MRULPA”), MCL 449.1101 et seq . The MUPA also applies to LPs, except to the extent that it conflicts with the MRULPA. 2. In order to form a LP, a Certificate of Limited Partnership must be filed with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (“LARA”). MCL 449.1201(a). 3. A LP must have at least one general partner and one limited partner. MCL 449.1101(8). General partners have managerial authority over the business. Limited partners are generally not liable for the obligations of the partnership, unless (i) the limited partner is also a general partner or, (ii) the limited partner takes part in the control of the business. MCL 449.1303(a).

liability entities (like a LLC or a corporation). The partners of a partnership are jointly and severally liable for partnership liabilities. MCL 449.15. Conveyancing issues: (i) Any partner of a partnership may generally convey title to partnership real estate ( i.e., title to the real estate is in the partnership’s name). A purchaser may rely on a deed signed by any partner, so long as the partner who executed the deed is carrying on in the usual way of

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