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What happens when partners have disputes?

When two business partners end up in a dispute, it can significantly harm the business. There have even been companies that have been forced to close because of this. That’s why it’s so important to find the right business partner when opening your company to begin with.

But disputes are also just a risk that you need to be aware of, no matter who you pick as your business partner. They do happen. What options do you have if you find yourself in this position?

How many partners are there?

First and foremost, it’s important to note that businesses with different numbers of partners may have different solutions. If there are three people, for instance, a vote as possible. If there are just two partners, it is not. Hopefully, you and your business partner set up a partnership agreement when you started the company, and it should tell you how to resolve the dispute.

Should you bring in someone else?

Another thing to consider is bringing in a CEO or an executive from the outside. Sometimes, it takes a third person to help two partners work together. If you know that you and your business partner can be profitable, but you simply struggle to be partners, then adding a different CEO may be the best move for all of you.

Do you need to mediate?

In some cases, you and your business partner may not be able to come to a solution. Maybe they won’t compromise and neither will you. At the same time, neither one of you wants to sell out your share of the business and move on. You may need to go to court to find solutions. It is important to note that courts will sometimes instruct partners to sell a business and split the proceeds if there’s no way for it to continue. It’s not a guarantee, but it is possible.

These are just a few of the things that you should be thinking about at this time, but you can see how complex your situation may become. Be sure you understand all of your legal options.