Houston Partnership Dispute Attorneys
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People have disagreements. It is a part of life. However, when disagreements happen within business relationships, it can get a little sticky. A partnership dispute occurs when people who are in business want to dissolve their relationship because of differing goals or opinions. You may have lost trust or respect for your business partner, and whether both parties feel that way or it is one-sided, you have found yourself in the middle of a partnership dispute. You may or may not be surprised to know that most business partnerships do not make it past five years. Dissolution of the partnership is often desired when business partners disagree, but it is distinguished from the dissolution of the firm.
Partnership Disputes & Shareholder Disagreements
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As with many types of disputes and misunderstandings, partnership disputes can be caused by:
- Arguments over profits
- Declining revenue
- Differences in management or business style
- Difference in opinion over the direction of the business
- Shareholder agreements
- Insufficient partnership agreements
Regardless of the cause, the results can be disastrous for your company. Often, a disagreement between key partners can lead to a downward cycle as the people involved start making decisions based more on spite than the true needs of the business.
Partnership disputes can evolve into much more serious business problems such as:
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Trade secrets
- Business disparagement
If you believe that a business partner is failing to uphold his or her duties, you should take immediate action to investigate the issue. The quicker you can resolve a dispute, the better for your business—and your bottom line.
Avoiding a Partnership Dispute
There are some ways you can try to avoid a partnership dispute, although nothing is fool-proof. Having defined goals for your business from the get-go can help immensely. If both parties are on the same page as to where the company is going, then you will both have a similar vision. It is also important to establish business roles early on in the partnership. Being aware of exactly what you are both responsible for can help avoid ambiguity, which can lead to confusion and anger.
If you do come to a place in your business partnership where there is a dispute, it will help if you possess a written agreement of what the business relationship was intended to be when you started. Whether or not the dispute leads to the dissolution of the partnership, it is important to get professional help for someone experienced in the field of commercial litigation. It always helps the situation to have an objective party to evaluate your case and organize your affairs.
If you find yourself in the middle of a partnership dispute and you want to seek professional help, contact us. Our firm is made up of individuals who are business-savvy. We can help you.
Partnership Dispute FAQ
Do partnership agreements need to be in writing?
The best way to handle any partnership agreement is in writing and drafted or at the very least reviewed by your attorney. Having verbal agreements leaves too much open to interpretation, and if you enter into a written agreement without your attorney’s help, you could find that your rights and interests are not fully protected. The right partnership agreement can even help prevent disputes. Or, if a partnership dispute does arise, a clear and legally sound document will help with its swift and effective resolution.
Are all partnership disputes handled in court?
Partnership disputes can be addressed inside or outside the courtroom. Depending on the nature of the dispute, whether dispute resolution is outlined in the partnership agreement, and the preference of the disputing parties, a disagreement can be handled through mediation, arbitration, or litigation. Choosing the right method is important, and that’s one of the things you should discuss with your lawyer when a disagreement arises.
What are common grounds for partnership disputes?
Partnership disputes can arise from breaches of contract, when one partner fails to uphold his or her obligations and responsibilities. Disagreements on partnership buyout terms, differences in opinion, and challenges reaching decisions during business growth or decline can all cause serious disputes. Times of change are particularly tumultuous for any business, but they can be navigated when a sound partnership agreement is in place and parties try their best to work with one another to find a mutually beneficial solution. Whether you’re battling it out in court or are considering an alternative method of resolving a dispute, our seasoned professionals at Arnold & Itkin can offer the insight and guidance you need.
You Deserve Help from Powerful Partnership Dispute Lawyers
Our Texas business law attorneys can review your case carefully, working with accountants and other financial experts to collect any evidence necessary to clearly present the facts of your dispute. Whether the best outcome is to dissolve the partnership or recover lost profits, our legal staff will provide you with recommendations that fit your specific business goals. We are ready to handle all of your business and commercial needs. If you need representation or have questions, we can help provide you with the right recommendations to protect your company.
Contact a Houston business law attorney at our firm today to learn more. A consultation is free when you call (888) 493-1629.