Hi everyone. I’m starting my first business and I have no idea what I’m doing. Basically, I came up with an idea for a website and told my friend, the owner of another business in a country we both live in as expats, about it. He said that to pull it off, I would need a partnership with someone like him, since he already has relationships with a few places that are my potential clients. He has mentored me somewhat as to what to do (write a business plan, make a mockup etc). In the most recent meeting, he asked how much his cut would be. I said I hadn’t thought about it. I assumed that the partnership would be that I would have the benefit of using his business’s name, and he would have free advertising on my website – as was outlined in our first meeting. Because I’m not in my home country, I would probably need him to put the business under his name, or find someone else. If I end up working full time for my website I will also need him to organize a visa for me, since the visa I am on doesn’t allow me to do anything outside of my current occupation. I would have to give him more percentage for him to organize a visa for me. He has mentioned these things and said he would look into whether they are possible after signing the agreement. Without him, I may not have these options. He recently asked if I had done anything yet, and I told him I was waiting for the partnership agreement to be signed, since I thought that was the point of having it. He changed the topic. This made me suspicious as to whether I need him at all. He has a wife who is native to this country and that is why this is potentially possible. I’m also worried that I might be forced to put the business under her name as well. This is a concern for me because I know their marriage isn’t stable, and that it is a business marriage. How can I safe-guard myself? Will I be able to work these things out with an attorney? How much of a cut, if any, would I give to him? What should I look out for when creating the partnership agreement? What length of time do partnerships go for? He has competitors which have some agreement with existing websites (my competitors) already. I know that he doesn’t have what they have, and I’m a potential asset to him. Should I attempt to discuss my options with his competitors as well? I am in the process of consulting with an attorney via email a business partnership agreement template, which I have just pulled off a Google search. Even though I am friends with this person, I’m not expecting him to do me any favors. Please help!