Equitable Accountings in Florida Partnership Disputes

Fri 16th Jun, 2023 Business Litigation

In the realm of business partnerships, disagreements and disputes may become an unfortunate reality. When disputes arise, one legal avenue available to partners in Florida is the cause of action for equitable accounting. This powerful remedy allows partners to seek a fair and transparent division of assets and liabilities, ensuring the partners’ rights and interests are protected. In this blog post, we will delve into the Florida cause of action for equitable accounting in the context of partnership disputes, shedding light on its significance and key considerations.

What is Equitable Accounting?

Equitable accounting is a legal concept that aims to achieve fairness in the distribution of partnership assets and liabilities. It recognizes that partners should be entitled to a detailed and accurate account of the partnership’s financial activities, including profits, losses, expenses, and distributions. Equitable accounting provides a mechanism for resolving disputes where one partner suspects misconduct, mismanagement, or concealment of financial information by another partner.

Equitable Accountings in Florida Partnership Disputes

Under Florida law, partners can bring a cause of action for equitable accounting when there is a breakdown in trust and cooperation, or when there are concerns about financial improprieties within the partnership. This cause of action empowers partners to seek an accounting of the partnership’s affairs, financial records, and transactions.

To establish a cause of action for equitable accounting in Florida, partners must demonstrate the following elements:

  • Existence of a partnership: Partners must prove the existence of a valid partnership agreement, whether written or oral, and that they had a genuine intent to form a partnership.
  • Breach of fiduciary duty: Partners must establish that one or more partners breached their fiduciary duties, such as the duty of loyalty or duty of care, by engaging in fraudulent activities, misappropriation of funds, or concealing financial information.
  • Financial complexity: Partners must show that the partnership’s financial affairs are complex and that a thorough accounting is necessary to determine the accurate allocation of assets and liabilities.
  • Lack of adequate remedy at law: Partners must demonstrate that the legal remedies available, such as damages, are insufficient to address the harm caused by the breach of fiduciary duty. Equitable accounting provides a more comprehensive solution by uncovering the true financial position of the partnership.

Importance of Equitable Accounting in Partnership Disputes

Equitable accounting plays a vital role in resolving partnership disputes by ensuring transparency, fairness, and accountability. By seeking an equitable accounting, partners can obtain a complete and accurate picture of the partnership’s financial health, identify any hidden assets or liabilities, and make informed decisions about the future of the partnership.

Equitable accounting also facilitates the equitable distribution of profits and losses among partners. It allows partners to assess their respective contributions to the partnership, including capital investments, labor, and expertise. This process is especially crucial in cases where one partner is suspected of diverting partnership assets for personal gain, as it can help restore equity and prevent unjust enrichment.


In Florida, the cause of action for equitable accounting serves as a potent tool for partners caught in disputes, enabling them to seek a fair and transparent resolution. By compelling an accounting of the partnership’s financial affairs, equitable accounting empowers partners to protect their rights, uncover potential financial improprieties, and facilitate a just distribution of assets and liabilities. If you find yourself embroiled in a partnership dispute in Florida, contact an experienced attorney at Purcell, Flanagan, Hay & Greene, P.A. to discuss in detail the complexities of equitable accounting and protect your interests.