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My wife is a physician and we are buying medical office. Im

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My wife is a physician and we are buying medical office. I'm not a medical person. We are in Illinois. By the state law a medical business owner must be a physician. So, I can't be a partner or coowner. 1. Is it true? 2.Is there other way for me to get protected on my investment of time and money?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Ellen replied 5 years ago.
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It is correct that you cannot as a non-physician be a partner in her medical practice.

However you can be a co-owner or partner in the ownership of the real estate.

You can consider owning the property jointly with your wife or opening a corporation for the ownership of the property

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Expert:  Irwin Law replied 5 years ago.

You asked "is it true" and Weblaw points out, quite correctly that while you cannot own a part of your wife's practice, you may own an interest in the physical office (the real estate) where she practices. FYI, you can also own and lease her equipment if you wish. The owners of medical office buildings, clinics, hospitals etc... do not have to be licensed physicians.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I'm not asking about anything else except the BUSINESS that I buy with my wife. Don't mess me up with real estate and equipment. We buy the business with patients, it's it.

"Is there other way for me to get protected on my investment of time and money?"


Expert:  Irwin Law replied 5 years ago.
I am not familiar with the details of if or how a professional medical practice might be transferred to and owned by a non-professionally licensed Corp. or LLC in IL, so I will open the question to others. Hopefully, someone will have a more precise answer for you.
Expert:  Michael replied 5 years ago.
Hi there, my name is XXXXX XXXXX I'm a business law attorney with experience in all aspects of business law. I'll do my best to assist you.

You cannot hold equity in the business in any way. That means you cannot be a shareholder, partner, member, etc.

The reasoning is that physicians are all bound by a very strict ethical obligation and standards. Any non-physician would not be bound by those standards, and may influence the professional decision making of the physicians in a manner inconsistent with the best interests of the patients. Therefore, non-physicians are not allowed to have an ownership interests in a medical practice.

However, you can provide financing to the practice, just as a bank might. It would essentially be a loan that would eventually have to be repaid. You would not be able to secure the financing with an interest in the business itself though, only business assets or personal assets of the partners.

I hope this answer has been helpful. I'd be happy to further clarify my response and follow up with any other questions. If you're satisfied with my answer, remember to hit the "accept" button. Bonuses and positive feedback are always appreciated! -Michael
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