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How should you navigate ownership disputes?

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Business

When two individuals decide to embark on a business venture together, they often do so with optimism and a shared vision. However, a division can still happen.

Navigating an ownership dispute well is important for maintaining the integrity of the business overall.

Counting business assets

The first step in resolving disputes is identifying all business assets. These assets may include physical properties, equipment, inventory, intellectual property rights and financial accounts. Each partner should write a list of assets owned jointly and individually.

Taking care of obligations

It is important to assess debts, loans and outstanding payments. Partners must agree on each party’s responsibility for these obligations. Then, they can make a plan to settle them.

Negotiating shares

Partners also must discuss the division of ownership shares. This process involves determining each person’s stake in the business and reaching an agreement. Factors such as each partner’s investments and future involvement in the business are important to know.

Making a separation agreement

To formalize the division, partners should draft a separation agreement outlining the terms of the split. This agreement should include the allocation of assets. It also needs to have the distribution of financial responsibilities in there. A well-crafted agreement is clear and reduces the risk of future issues.

Starting the division plan

Then, partners must put the division plan into action. This may involve transferring ownership titles and closing joint accounts.

Partners should update legal documents to reflect the new ownership structure. Cooperation is important for a smooth transition and no future problems.

Seeking help

In cases where partners cannot reach a resolution through negotiations, seeking mediation or arbitration may be helpful. These methods can provide a cost-effective way to resolve disputes.

Ownership disputes can be stressful and emotionally challenging. However, by following an organized approach, business partners can separate their business and pave the way for a fresh start.