Business Partnership Advisor
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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.”
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.
Sometimes people will intentionally make an effort to trigger anger, frustration, or irrational behavior. As a Business Partnership Mediator, I see this behavior often and can help calm things down so we can have a rational discussion toward resolution. Seeing ahead is a super-power! I can see where the problems are and the best possible outcome.
The amount of time needed to work out an agreement is in the hands of the disputing partners. We could talk a few minutes about options and reach agreement. But that never happens.