Revised Uniform Partnership Act of 1997 (RUPA)

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The Revised Uniform Partnership Act of 1997 (RUPA) is a term used to refer to the revised act and revisions done to the Uniform Partnership Act of 1914 (UPA). The UPA is a model series of rules drafted by the Uniform Law Commission (or National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) that governs the general rules regarding general partnerships and limited liability partnerships. 

The UPA governs corporate questions such as: partnership creation, liabilities, assets, fiduciary duties, partnership dissolution, etc, and only applies to general liabilities and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), with the exclusion of limited partnerships (LPs). 

The UPA provides governance for business partnerships in certain U.S. states and regulates rules in approximately 44 states and districts. These rules apply in case of absence of a partnership agreement, or when a partnership agreement exists but does not address one particular issue.

[Last updated in April of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]