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What Methods Can Be Used to Resolve Partnership Disputes?

Posted on in Business Law

broward county business lawyerThere are a variety of reasons that business partners may encounter disputes. Partners may disagree about the direction of the company, or one partner may be unhappy about how another partner has managed their responsibilities. Disputes may also involve allegations that one or more partners have acted inappropriately or illegally, such as by misappropriating a company’s funds for personal use or making decisions meant to benefit one partner at the expense of other partners or the business as a whole. When partnership disputes arise, partners will want to understand the methods that may be available to address these issues, reach agreements when possible, or determine how the end of the partnership will be handled.

Dispute Resolution Methods for Business Partners

If partners want to be able to resolve their differences and continue working together to manage their company, they may be able to work together to reach agreements on how the issues in dispute will be addressed. However, this is not always possible, and partners can often benefit by receiving assistance from outside parties. The methods of resolving disputes in these cases may include:

  • Mediation - Partners may work with a neutral mediator to determine the best ways to resolve any disputes. Since the mediator will not represent either party, they will be focused on finding ways to reach agreements on any issues that are being disputed. During mediation, the partners can make decisions about how they will address each partner’s ongoing concerns, and they may create agreements that will allow them to work together going forward. If they decide to end their partnership, they can make decisions about how this will be handled. Mediation is a cooperative process, and any decisions made must be fully agreed upon by both parties.

  • Arbitration - In cases where partners may be unable to compromise and reach agreements, they may ask an outside party to make decisions for them. Arbitration is handled similarly to a trial, but it is much less formal, and it can also be conducted more quickly while remaining limited in scope and avoiding or minimizing the time spent in discovery of applicable information. An arbitrator will hear both sides of the dispute and make decisions about how matters should be handled. In many cases, the arbitrator will focus on finding workable solutions that benefit both parties rather than deciding solely in favor of one party. Partners may decide that arbitration will be binding, meaning that they will be legally required to follow the arbitrator’s decisions, or arbitration may be non-binding, in which case either partner may pursue other methods of resolving disputes if they are unhappy with the arbitrator’s decisions. 

  • Litigation - If other methods of dispute resolution will not be feasible, or if the parties need to address serious allegations of misconduct by a partner, it may be necessary to take legal action and resolve disputes in court. Litigation can be very expensive, complicated, and time-consuming, so it is often a last resort used when other types of dispute resolution fail.

Contact Our Broward County Partnership Dispute Attorneys

If you are involved in a dispute with one or more business partners, The Elliot Legal Group, P.A. can advise you of your options for resolving these issues. We will help you determine the best method of dispute resolution for your situation, and we will work to protect your rights and interests. Contact our Dania Beach business partner dispute lawyers at 754-332-2101 to schedule a confidential consultation with our firm.

Sources:

https://www.legal.io/articles/5170761/5-Ways-To-Avoid-And-Resolve-Partnership-Disputes

https://smallbusiness.chron.com/settle-business-partner-disagreements-55602.html

https://www.natlawreview.com/article/feuding-business-partners-private-companies-considering-arbitration-to-resolve

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