I want to start a PLLC in NY I am a physician, does my bsiness partner have to be a physician too?
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Yes; all members of a PLLC MUST be licensed to practice in the profession for which the PLLC is formed. These are defined by statute (physicians, attorneys, dentists and architects are some -- not all -- of the professions who can be members of a PLLC).
Since you're a physician, your practice, if you're going the PLLC route, cannot be just an LLC; it must be a _P_LLC (sorry; you can't get around this rule just by foregoing the "P" and forming a general-purpose LLC). The same is true of the other professionals who are eligible to form a PLLC.
All this, though, does not say that your business partner, if s/he is a non-physician, cannot be a manager of the PLLC; you could hire him/her as an employee to manage it. Non-physician Partner can't have ownership interest in a PLLC formed to practice a profession in which s/he is not licensed to practice.
It is also permissible for a non-physician to provide you with startup capital. However, this capital is a LOAN, and it must be repaid over time. A non-physician cannot have more than an arm's length interest (such as a bank lending money would have) in your PLLC.
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