Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter II. Nature of Partnership.


§ 29–602.01. Partnership as entity.

(a) A partnership is an entity distinct from its partners.

(b) A limited liability partnership shall continue to be the same entity that existed before the filing of a statement of qualification under § 29-610.01.


(July 2, 2011, D.C. Law 18-378, § 2, 58 DCR 1720.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 33-102.01.

1981 Ed., § 41-152.1.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based on § 201 of the Uniform Partnership Act (1997 Act).


§ 29–602.02. Formation of partnership.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section, the association of 2 or more persons to carry on as co-owners of a business for profit shall form a partnership, whether or not the persons intend to form a partnership.

(b) An association formed under a statute other than this chapter, a predecessor statute, or a comparable statute of another jurisdiction shall not be a partnership under this chapter.

(c) In determining whether a partnership is formed, the following rules shall apply:

(1) Joint tenancy, tenancy in common, tenancy by the entireties, joint property, common property, or part ownership shall not by itself establish a partnership, even if the co-owners share profits made by the use of the property.

(2) The sharing of gross returns shall not by itself establish a partnership, even if the persons sharing them have a joint or common right or interest in property from which the returns are derived.

(3) A person that receives a share of the profits of a business shall be presumed to be a partner in the business, unless the profits were received in payment:

(A) Of a debt by installments or otherwise;

(B) For services as an independent contractor or of wages or other compensation to an employee;

(C) Of rent;

(D) Of an annuity or other retirement or health benefit to a beneficiary, representative, or designee of a deceased or retired partner;

(E) Of interest or other charge on a loan, even if the amount of payment varies with the profits of the business, including a direct or indirect present or future ownership of the collateral, or rights to income, proceeds, or increase in value derived from the collateral; or

(F) For the sale of the goodwill of a business or other property by installments or otherwise.


(July 2, 2011, D.C. Law 18-378, § 2, 58 DCR 1720.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 33-102.02.

1981 Ed., § 41-152.2.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 29-101.02, § 29-601.02, § 29-604.02, and § 47-2855.01.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based on § 202 of the Uniform Partnership Act (1997 Act).


§ 29–602.03. Partnership property.

Property acquired by a partnership shall be property of the partnership and not of the partners individually.


(July 2, 2011, D.C. Law 18-378, § 2, 58 DCR 1720.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 33-102.03.

1981 Ed., § 41-152.3.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based on § 203 of the Uniform Partnership Act (1997 Act).


§ 29–602.04. When property is partnership property.

(a) Property shall be partnership property if acquired in the name of:

(1) The partnership; or

(2) One or more partners with an indication in the instrument transferring title to the property of the person’s capacity as a partner or of the existence of a partnership but without an indication of the name of the partnership.

(b) Property shall be acquired in the name of the partnership by a transfer to:

(1) The partnership in its name; or

(2) One or more partners in their capacity as partners in the partnership, if the name of the partnership is indicated in the instrument transferring title to the property.

(c) Property shall be presumed to be partnership property if purchased with partnership assets, even if not acquired in the name of the partnership or of one or more partners with an indication in the instrument transferring title to the property of the person’s capacity as a partner or of the existence of a partnership.

(d) Property acquired in the name of one or more of the partners, without an indication in the instrument transferring title to the property of the person’s capacity as a partner or of the existence of a partnership and without use of partnership assets, shall be presumed to be separate property, even if used for partnership purposes.


(July 2, 2011, D.C. Law 18-378, § 2, 58 DCR 1720.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 33-102.04.

1981 Ed., § 41-152.4.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based on § 204 of the Uniform Partnership Act (1997 Act).