2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 178. Uniform partnership law.
178.0303 Statement of partnership authority.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 178.0303 (2017)

178.0303 Statement of partnership authority.

(1)

(a) A partnership may deliver to the department for filing a statement of partnership authority.

(b) The statement of authority must include all of the following:

1. The name of the partnership.

2. If the partnership is not a limited liability partnership, the street and mailing addresses of its principal office.

3. If the partnership is a limited liability partnership, the street address of its registered office in this state and the name of its registered agent at that office.

(c) With respect to any position that exists in or with respect to the partnership, the statement of authority may state the authority, or limitations on the authority, of all persons holding the position to do any of the following:

1. Sign an instrument transferring real property held in the name of the partnership.

2. Enter into other transactions on behalf of, or otherwise act for or bind, the partnership.

(d) The statement of authority may state the authority, or limitations on the authority, of a specific person to do any of the following:

1. Sign an instrument transferring real property held in the name of the partnership.

2. Enter into other transactions on behalf of, or otherwise act for or bind, the partnership.

(2) To amend or cancel a statement of authority filed by the department, a partnership must deliver to the department for filing an amendment or cancellation stating all of the following:

(a) The name of the partnership.

(b) If the partnership is not a limited liability partnership, the street and mailing addresses of the partnership's principal office.

(c) If the partnership is a limited liability partnership, the street address of its registered office in this state and the name of its registered agent at that office.

(d) The date the statement being affected became effective.

(e) The contents of the amendment or a declaration that the statement is canceled.

(2m)

(a) A statement of authority is renewable for successive 5-year periods. To renew a statement of authority filed by the department, a partnership must deliver to the department for filing, during the 3 months before the cancellation would occur under sub. (10), a statement of renewal that includes all of the following:

1. The name of the partnership.

2. If the partnership is not a limited liability partnership, the street and mailing addresses of the partnership's principal office.

3. If the partnership is a limited liability partnership, the street address of its registered office in this state and the name of its registered agent at that office.

4. The statement of authority being affected.

5. A declaration that the statement of authority is being renewed.

(b) When filed, a statement of renewal that complies with par. (a) renews the statement of authority for a 5-year period commencing with the date of filing of the statement of renewal.

(3) A statement of authority affects only the power of a person to bind a partnership to persons that are not partners.

(4) Subject to sub. (3) and s. 178.0103 (4) (a), and except as otherwise provided in subs. (6) to (8), a limitation on the authority of a person or a position contained in an effective statement of authority is not by itself evidence of any person's knowledge or notice of the limitation.

(5) Subject to sub. (3), a grant of authority not pertaining to transfers of real property and contained in an effective statement of authority is conclusive in favor of a person that gives value in reliance on the grant, except to the extent that when the person gives value any of the following applies:

(a) The person has knowledge to the contrary.

(b) The statement has been canceled or restrictively amended under sub. (2).

(c) A limitation on the grant is contained in another statement of authority that became effective after the statement containing the grant became effective.

(6) Subject to sub. (3), an effective statement of authority that grants authority to transfer real property held in the name of the partnership, a certified copy of which statement is recorded in the office of the register of deeds for the county in which the property is located, is conclusive in favor of a person that gives value in reliance on the grant without knowledge to the contrary, except to the extent that when the person gives value any of the following applies:

(a) The statement has been canceled or restrictively amended under sub. (2), and a certified copy of the cancellation or restrictive amendment has been recorded in the office of the register of deeds for the county in which the property is located.

(b) A limitation on the grant is contained in another statement of authority that became effective after the statement containing the grant became effective, and a certified copy of the later-effective statement is recorded in the office of the register of deeds for the county in which the property is located.

(7) Subject to sub. (3), if a certified copy of an effective statement containing a limitation on the authority to transfer real property held in the name of a partnership is recorded in the office of the register of deeds for the county in which the property is located, all persons are deemed to know of the limitation.

(8) Subject to sub. (9), an effective statement of dissolution is a cancellation of any filed statement of authority for the purposes of sub. (6) and is a limitation on authority for purposes of sub. (7).

(9) After a statement of dissolution becomes effective, a partnership may deliver to the department for filing and, if appropriate, may record a statement of authority that is designated as a postdissolution statement of authority. The statement operates as provided in subs. (6) and (7).

(10) Unless canceled earlier, an effective statement of authority is canceled by operation of law 5 years after the date on which the statement, or its most recent amendment or renewal, was filed. The cancellation is effective without recording under sub. (6) or (7).

(11) An effective statement of denial operates as a restrictive amendment under this section and may be recorded by certified copy for purposes of sub. (6) (a).

(11m) Certified copies to be recorded in the office of the register of deeds are to be sent by the person desiring the copies to be recorded and the department is not obligated to send the copies to the office of the register of deeds unless it chooses to undertake this responsibility.

History: 2015 a. 295.

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