The next step in the partnership formation process is the funding of the partnership.  That means you must now decide which assets to transfer and the best means for doing so.

In making the decision about funding the partnership, it is important that you understand the distinction between Safe Assets and Dangerous Assets.

Safe Assets are those which do not, by themselves, produce a high degree of lawsuit risk. For instance, if you own investment securities such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds, it is unlikely that these assets will cause you to be sued. Mere ownership of investment assets, without some active involvement in the underlying business, would probably not cause a significant degree of lawsuit exposure.

Dangerous Assets, on the other hand, are those which, by their nature, create a substantial risk of liability. These are generally active business type assets, rental real estate, or motor vehicle ownership, any of which may cause you to be sued.

The reason for the distinction between Safe Assets and Dangerous Assets is that you do not wish to have the FLP incur liability because of its ownership of a Dangerous Asset. If the partnership does incur liability, it will be the target of a lawsuit and all of the assets in that partnership will be subject to the claims of the judgment creditor. This is exactly the situation you are trying to avoid. Dangerous Assets must either be left outside of the partnership or must be placed in one or more separate entities. Dangerous Assets must be isolated from each other and from Safe Assets, in order to avoid contaminating the Safe Assets.


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