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Chris Reich, Business Luminary
5 Points to Consider When a Partner Is Locked Out Of the Business
My partner is a mess. He comes in late, leaves early, and doesn’t do any work. He makes us look bad in front of customers. I’m afraid he is going to take things from the business. He has used the company’s credit card lately for personal items. I have had enough and want to lock him out of the bank account and the business. Can I do that?
Locking a Partner Out of the Business
I get calls on this every week. Locking a partner out is a risky move. The locked out partner has rights that if violated could entitle him to reinstatement and damages. You are far better off negotiating a separation than risking a court action against you.
“If you are thinking about locking a partner out of the business, I advise against it. You are better off legally to negotiate a dissolution of the partnership.”
Somebody puts up money with someone who agrees to contribute labor as their contribution to an equal Partnership. Once things are set up, and a lot of money is spent, the other Partner fails to perform, and the troubles begin. I get 2-3 calls like this every week.
Partners take advantage of partners every day and they get away with it. It is the most painful call I get. It sounds like this, “I put all the money I had into starting our business. My partner had bad credit and no money, but he promised to do all the work to get the business going.
While it seems like it should be very easy to get out of an LLC, it can be complicated. Even if the business is very small, there are considerations beyond getting your money back. In this post, I’ll try to hit the important points of getting out of an LLC Partnership. These same items apply if you want to remove a member from your LLC too.