Disputes

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A sad tale of woe crossed my desk.  Seems that, a couple of months ago, an unsuspecting entrepreneur from Mexico bought into a U.S. franchise to import products to Mexico. She sent her 25 percent deposit (many thousands of dollars) to reserve the franchise for her city, but the franchisor cannot get the documents that she requires to […]

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This isn’t just business divorce, it’s “real” divorce.  The business divorce is the icing on the cake and people fight over it the way they do over children, favorite pets, or heirlooms. There are two main ways a family business can be owned.  (1) One spouse owns the business.  In that case, the non-owner spouse […]

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Today’s lesson: you can’t just “walk away” from a business partnership. Another submission from the Department of Horror Stories. “Marcia” started a corporation about 15 years ago. She and her former partner, “Dara,”personally guaranteed a line of credit for the company.About 10 years ago, and after a protracted lawsuit, Marcia left the corporation with an […]

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Here, from the Department of Nightmarish Scenarios Thrown at Me Out of the Blue from People who Want Free Legal Advice: “Marvin” and “Peter” took out a credit line when they were in business together.  Both personally guaranteed the credit line.  A few years later, Marvin and Peter absolutely had to part company.  And finally, […]

I heard a sad story this week — a Tale of Two Business Partners.  One made clothing designs; the other supplied the money.  One was optimistic about the new awards she had won and where the business was going; the other wasn’t.  One wanted to continue to move forward; the other wanted to wait and […]

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Lest you think that only novice business owners have problems with business partners, here’s a comforting note from Robert Kiyoskai in his Cash Flow blog.  Apparently, he made some choices that he thought were wise at the time, but ultimately, never panned out into a profitable business.  He gives some valuable hints as to the […]

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Writer and humorist Ambrose Bierce (1842-c1914) once wrote of litigation: “[It is] a machine which you go into as a pig, and come out of as a sausage.” The sentiment still holds true today. The New York Times reported on a recently released study of civil trials, which indicated that plaintiffs who settled their cases […]

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Damaged corneas were probably not what Victoria’s Secret had in mind when it designed its cheeky (ha, ha) little “low-rise v-string” (part of the “Sexy Little Thing” line). According to a lawsuit brought by a California woman last month (see Today show interview), the thong flew apart and struck her in the eye. She declined […]

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Avoid taking on such clients, and establish penalties if they slip through your net. Delinquent clients are like an acid drip: They eat away at your profit margin and corrode your cash flow. And once a client moves from late-paying to delinquent, it’s usually too late to expect a quick and happy ending. Just as […]

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I found a thread of a plaintive (online) cry for help:  “My partner isn’t returning phone calls.  I want to get off the business papers as a responsible party.  I’ve not been active in the business for the last six months/year/two years.  What do I do?” Unfortunately, to really make sure all those loose ends […]

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