partnership agreements

I recently had an “OMG. Are you kidding me?!?!” moment when I came across NYT reporter John Eligon’s article on a law firm breakup, “For the Lords of Divorce, A Breakup.” The principals of Sheresky, Aronson, Mayefsky & Sloan were no babes in the woods, wet behind the ears, green, unsophisticated, inexperienced, naive [insert synonym of […]

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More and more, courts are agreeing that email is a perfectly fine way to create a contract . . . or modify one you already have.  This 2008 case from New York, as reported by Brian Beckham, indicates that New York has certainly gotten on that bandwagon. “It’s about time,” some of you may say. […]

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Horror of horrors!  You’re stuck in a business partnership with NO agreement.  You have to get out . . . or get the others out before you go postal and end up in a prison of a different sort.  What can you do? Kathleen Ryan O’Connor answers that very question in Forbes Small Business. After a […]

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Adhere to the following 4 ground rules if you want to keep the friendship. Should you . . . or should you not . . . do business with friends? The short and obvious answer is: It depends. Whatever side of the deal you’re on–giver or receiver–here are some ground rules to consider: Only do business […]

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It’s said that more than 40 percent of all marriages in this country end in divorce.  So there’s a not-insubstantial likelihood that your business could be affected by divorce . . . even if you’re not the one divorcing.  Here’s today’s query: Q:  My partner’s ex-wife is suing him for a large amount. Can it […]

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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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What’s the key to making partnership agreements true living, breathing documents?  They need to strike a good balance between setting firm procedures while allowing for flexibility in the way your business grows and changes. Not an easy feat. One of the significant ways you can ensure a good working relationship with partnership agreements is to […]

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When you’re starting your business, partnership agreements can seem a tedious exercise.  Not only do they take time and careful planning, but also partnership agreements can feel like a bucket of cold water–a real reality dose on your starry-eyed beginnings. Listen in to my BlogTalkRadio interview with Wendy Hanson of The Sassy Ladies, where we cover […]

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Today’s basic training involves a sad story. A woman gave her heart to another . . . and to his business. What thanks does she get? She gets jilted, in more ways than one. Yet another reason to have a business prenup if your personal relationship sours.  Read on . . . Q.:  I was […]

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Memories are fallible.  And human beings are greedy.  What you and your business partners agreed to when you started your company could be forgotten, or misinterpreted, without a written agreement to remind you.  And that’s where problems can start.  So what should one include? Listen to my teleclass, “The Indispensable Partnership Agreement,” part of Marian […]

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