ending business relationships

When business partners go their separate ways, well, it’s a lot like divorce.  There’s the temptation to squibble over “Who gets the cat?” “Who gets the couch?” But unless you’ve clearly outlined in your partnership agreement which of your marbles you’ll get to take home with you when the game is over, you could be […]

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Q.:  I started an LLC in the state of Arizona with two partners. After a year in business I am choosing to take another path and I am attempting to separate my legal liabilities. We initially signed a three-year lease with personal guarantees and currently have 23 months remaining. I am trying to figure out […]

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I’m not trying to give your business partnership the evil eye–I’m just saying that you’d be wise to think about what would happen if you (or your partner) needed to leave the business.  How would you handle the details?  What would you pay for the ownership interest? Who has the rights to the intellectual property […]

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Reproduced from my weekly ezine, LexAppeal: As I mentioned last week, business partnerships are delicate creatures.Like Japanese maple trees, you need to plant them in the right soil, protect them from harmful pests, and tend them carefully.Any one of these factors could cause the tree to wither and die. As the proverbial gardener of your […]

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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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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, […]

The article “Protect Your Business and Your Family” raised a valid point — that partnerships are not eternal.  But the point is not an obvious one. Many business owners I know and advise refer to their “business partner” as the person with whom they own a business.  The business may take the legal form of a […]

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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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From the Department of “Was that form of exit strategy written into our partnership agreement?” comes this story from the Chicago Tribune of an Illinois business partnership gone wrong.  Apparently, the home rehab business — started by two friends — was experiencing financial difficulties.  It seems that one partner wanted to take out more money to […]

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True confessions time:  the last few months have been very hard because, well, for all of my desire to be the Business Partnership Expert, my own business partner and I parted company as of December 31, 2007.  It was my decision.  There were things in the partnership that just weren’t working, and others that I […]

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