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A general partnership agreement establishes the terms of a partnership between two or more individuals, including the responsibilities of each partner, the necessary buy-in provisions and the contributions that each partner is supposed to make after the partnership is established. It also provides for how the partnership will evolve upon the death or withdrawal of a partner.
An independent contractor is an individual or business that provides goods or services to another party but is not employed by that party. An Independent Contractor Agreement allows you and the other party to lay out the details and time frame of the services provided as well as the manner and methods used to accomplish the end result contracted.
An operating agreement is used by the members of an LLC to govern the company's business matters. This document spells out each member's rights, entitlements, powers and duties when it comes to managing the business and handling its finances. The operating agreement can be changed at any time by the members of the LLC.
Sometimes in business dealings that you have with another party it is necessary to share confidential information and materials. By signing a reciprocal confidentiality and nondisclosure agreement, both parties agree to share information and materials with each other but not with any third parties. This document is helpful in protecting trade secrets and other proprietary information.
The articles of organization, known in some states as a certificate of organization, allow you to create a limited liability company at the state level while determining the roles and liability of management. LLCs are regulated according to state laws, and they are still bound by the state's liability protection limitation statutes if applicable.
Filing an Articles of Incorporation form will allow you to start your business. The form will allow you to include information regarding your company's address, stock options and the company directors. You might also be able to see what the finished document will look like before it is submitted to the Secretary of State.