Since 1995 only attorneys, architects and accountants were eligible to practice as a limited liability partnership in California. However, as of September 30, 2010 new rules now allow engineers and land surveyors to take advantage of the LLP form of entity as well.
Although the law currently only extends until January 1, 2016, this is still great news for engineers and land surveyors that may have wanted a liability protection entity for their businesses, but did not want to deal with the hassle of annual meetings and minutes required of a corporation. These businesses are not eligible to be limited liability companies (LLCs) because of the restriction in the LLC Act preventing any business that requires a license or certification under the Business and Professions Act to be an LLC in California.
Section 16306(c) of the California Corporations Code provides in part that: "... a partner in a registered limited liability partnership is not liable or accountable, directly or indirectly, including by way of indemnification, contribution, assessment, or otherwise, for debts, obligations, or liabilities of or chargeable to the partnership or another partner in the partnership, whether arising in tort, contract, or otherwise, that are incurred, created, or assumed by the partnership while the partnership is a registered limited liability partnership, by reason of being a partner or acting in the conduct of the business or activities of the partnership."
This liability protection is a very important reason to operate your business through an LLP.
If you are an engineering partnership or a land surveyor partnership, now is an excellent time to form an LLP and protect yourself individually from the liabilities of your business. Structure Law Group attorneys can guide you through the possibility of a conversion to an LLP.