Other situations that should be addressed as part of a partnership agreement are lack of competition and confidentiality. Provisions that prevent a partner from sharing confidential company information with others or seeking employment with a competitor are essential to a business in order to maintain a competitive advantage and protect the investments of all partners. A partnership agreement can significantly reduce future costs that could be incurred by resolving a dispute between partners. If something goes wrong, the agreement offers a process that it must follow. Probable litigation may include the value of several intangible assets and intellectual property or the procedure for a partner`s retirement. Determining who owns what in this context can be challenging and costly. A partnership agreement would therefore minimize these costs. If something happens to a partner, if there is a dispute between partners or if there is a change in the partnership, everyone needs to know „what happens if“. A partnership agreement is the best way to ensure that the commercial – and personal – part of the relationship can survive. Unfortunately, this is not fair. If the law does not provide for the explicit right to expel a partner from a partnership (i.e.
in a written partnership agreement), a partner cannot be excluded from the partnership. So Brian and Charlie must continue in partnership with Alan, unless they end the partnership. If the business does not grow as quickly as expected and these high returns are not realized, this partner may be tempted to stop working for the company or, worse, to work for a competitor. In this case, the other owners will want to remove this partner who no longer participates but who still owns a share of the business. A partnership agreement should include a procedure for withdrawing such a non-compliant or non-compliant partner and recovering its interests before its action (or inaction) endangers the company. The ideal time for partners to enter into a partnership agreement is when the company is created. This is the best time to ensure that owners share a common understanding of their expectations of each other and business. The longer the partners wait for the agreement to be drawn up, the more opinions differ on how the business should be managed and who is responsible for what. If an agreement is reached at the beginning, violent disagreements can be mitigated later by helping to resolve disputes when they arise.