Part of the problem is that ptsh’s don’t need to file anything to become a ptsh. Filing of a Statement of Partnership Authority (GP-1) is optional; it can be filed with the SoS or the county clerk. Corp Code 16303. It need not be filed to have a valid ptsh, unlike a corp or LLC. I wasn’t able to find any way to search for them in SoS’s office, but I found a possibility: Go to:
If you have the name of a partnership entity, you could try entering it on this page.
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General partnerships do not have limited liability for the partners, so they do not need to be registered with the State to exist.
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I agree with my colleagues. The secretary of state does nt maintain records regarding general partnerships.
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