Depending on the reason behind which a particular partnership is made, partners may be of different types.

To understand this better, consider the following:

Active partners: The partners who actively participate in the day-to-day operations of the business are known as active partners. They contribute capital and are also entitled to share the profits of the business. They also share the losses that the business faces.

Dormant partners: Those partners who do not participate in the day-to-day activities of the partnership firm are known as dormant or ³sleeping partners´. They only contribute capital and share the profits or bear the losses, if any.

Nominal partners: These partners ³only´ allow the firm to use their ³name´ as a partner. They ³do not´ have any real interest in the business of the firm. They do not invest any capital, or share profits and also do not take part in the business of the firm. However, they do remain liable to third parties for the acts of the firm.

Minor as a partner: In special cases a minor can be admitted as partner with certain conditions. A minor can only share the profit of the business. In case of loss his liability is limited to the extent of his capital contribution for the business.