In a "true" (general) partnership each partner is "jointly and severally" liable for the full amount of any obligation undertaken by any other general partner, certainly related to the business. The partner(s) who pay have a right of contribution from all partners and one or more claims against the partner causing these problems.
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I agree with attorney Doland. Typically, there is joint and several liability for a partnership. This sounds like a situation where you should retain counsel to represent your interests. Especially if there is a lot at stake here. If the partnership is audited and adjustments made it will be assessed against all of the partners. There could also be criminal issues. Again, retain counsel immediately to represent you.
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