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Shareholder & Partnership Disputes

Shareholder & Partnership Disputes 

 

Minority shareholders can, at times, find themselves being deceived by the larger investors in a company, leaving them with less of a financial stake than they initially thought they had. Complicated issues often arise between entrepreneurs and investors, leading to financial disagreements and shareholder and partnership disputes. 

 

If you feel that you have become a victim of shareholder oppression by the majority owners in your group, you may be able to file a claim and recover your losses. When the majority shareholders in a company or organization exert their control over the financial returns, preventing the minority from partaking in the profits, a shareholder dispute will arise. Such a dispute can take on many forms, all of which result in less return on investment for the minority. Examples include:

 

  • When the majority asserts control by forcing out minority ownership
  • Hiding company assets or concealing the books
  • Voting minority members off of the board of directors
  • Embezzling funds directly to majority owners
  • Using corporate assets for personal use
  • Not declaring dividends despite profitability

 

At Nation Lawyers, we will fight for you and help you protect your interests in the company. If your majority ownership is attempting to push you out of the company, you should contact us today.

 

What Can I Do If I Suspect Improprieties On The Board?

 

If you become embroiled in a shareholder dispute with the majority on your board, it may feel like you do not have many options. However, thanks to specific regulations, the board has a fiduciary duty to do what is in the best interest of the company — not themselves. That means if you suspect something wrong, you do have recourse in the form of a lawsuit for breach of fiduciary duty.

 

Minority owners who fear being pushed out of the company can sue for money, a buyout, dissolution of the company, and more. And as a shareholder yourself, you have the right to look at the company books, meaning you can inspect meeting minutes, investor records, disclosure forms, and more. At Nation Lawyers, our team of experienced attorneys can help you through this process.

 

I Am Having A Dispute With My Business Partner

 

Whether you have a medical partnership, law partnership, or one in accounting or any of the other professional fields, there comes a time when a dispute may arise. When that time does occur, you will want to be sure that you can protect your interests in the business and everything you have helped to create over the years. If you are forming, operating, or dissolving a general, limited liability or limited partnership, our team can help.

 

When dissolving a partnership, much depends on the original agreement and its terms and conditions — assuming there is a written agreement, as many partnerships are formed under nothing more than an oral agreement. If the original written contract did not stipulate the terms for dissolution of the partnership, then everything will defer to the laws of the state. While it can be complicated, our attorneys are experts in partnership disputes and can protect your rights as the business dissolves.

 

Furthermore, if you have been the victim of a dishonest or controlling partner, we can help. Although we always enter into business partnerships with the best of intentions, sometimes one partner can end up taking advantage of the other. Examples of this include:

 

  • Violating the partnership agreement
  • Negligence
  • Embezzlement
  • Selling trade secrets
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Broken non-compete clauses
  • And more

 

At Nation Lawyers, our team of experienced attorneys can help you protect your investment in your partnership.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

I am having a dispute with my partners. What should I do now?

 

You should find a copy of all contracts right away and see what they say. Bring all of these contracts to our capable attorneys who can advise you on your next steps.

 

My partners will not honor the contract we signed.

 

If your partners will not honor any agreements or contracts and are refusing to pay you, you do have recourse. We can help you recover what is yours through a lawsuit.

 

My partners are keeping me out of the business and excluding me from business decisions.

 

You still have a right to review the books and look at the company’s finances. If, at that point, you still feel that something is wrong, contact us right away.

 

My partnership agreement has an arbitration clause. What do I do?

 

You will need to serve your partners an intent to arbitrate. Our attorneys are experienced arbitrators and can help you through the process.

 

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