A Joint Venture is an efficient way to pool money, skills and other resources to buy properties. Whenever you do a Joint Venture you’ll almost always use a Joint Venture LLC. We’ll explain why in this article. Not only will you pay less taxes on your profits when you use an LLC, but you’ll also be protected from lawsuits because the property will be owned by an LLC. So if anybody were to sue you or your partner, they can’t get to your assets. But using an LLC doesn’t guarantee the success of your Joint Venture. Read on … Real-Life Real Estate Joint Venture Scenario Here’s a case study. Say you and your friend both own an LLC. Then you both decide to use that LLC for a Joint Venture and buy a house. Everything is going great, until your friend gets sued. Eventually he or she loses the lawsuit. As a result, a “charging order” is placed against all of your friend’s assets. A charging order is something creditors use to collect someones debt. Since you both chose to use an LLC for your Joint Venture, the creditors will be entitled to your friend’s share of the profits. Oops! Now your friend probably won’t want to distribute any money from the LLC. Which means you won’t be able to get any of your-hard earned money. (As partners, you both have to agree to distribute the money!) The Best Way To Handle Joint Ventures for Real Estate This wouldn’t have been the case if you both used your personal LLCs to do the Joint Venture. That might sound confusing, but this is how it works: You and someone else each have your own personal LLC. Then you both use your personal LLCs to become members of another LLC as part of a Joint Venture. That’s your Joint Venture LLC. By being members of an LLC using your personal limited liability companies you’ll be able to distribute your share of the money (to your personal LLC) without forcing your partner to pay off their creditors. This way you’re both happy and your relationship isn’t soured. I’d be glad to answer any questions you have about using LLCs to do Joint Venture in the comments below. Or you can start with our investor quiz and we’ll help you figure out the next step.