How Do We Reach Resolution to a Business Partnership Dispute?

My approach is unique and cost-effective. I believe it's better to avoid the fight and work it out rather than step in the ring and hope for a win.

Business Improves When the Tension Goes Away

But How Do We Do It?

You don’t have to live with the stress and tension of being of a broken partnership.  There is a way to fix the problem and relieve the pressure. It is miserable to work in your own business when you feel your partner is taking advantage of you. Let’s fix it. Save the money and the tension that comes with a legal battle. We can work it out and prevent a disastrous fracture. Together, we can achieve a business partnership resolution for you that your partner(s) will accept.

Here’s the process in a nutshell:

We start with a conversation. Help me understand your problem. All business problems are different. The better I know your issues, the more helpful I can be.

Next, I have a conversation with your business partner(s). They have a point of view as well. I need to understand the dynamics. Because I am not a lawyer, nobody has to feel threatened or defensive. I don’t look for fault, I look for ways to preserve the business (that’s our priority!) and bring a peaceful solution to your conflict.

Once I’ve heard from all parties, we sit down for a meeting to discuss proposals for resolving the problems. No actions are imposed on anyone. My job is to find mutually agreeable solutions. I will give you lots of ideas to fix the problem once and for all. When we’ve reached an agreement, we draft a resolution for the company’s records or have the company attorney (or a business attorney) draft any necessary documents. We can work out acceptable terms for a buyout if that’s the best option.

Once there is agreement on a course of action, I help you implement the solution and keep things calm. I can help coordinate the outcome with your attorney and CPA if necessary.

Remember, I am on the side of the business. I want your business to succeed so that you succeed. A business torn apart by dispute is of no value to anyone.

The goal is to resolve the situation without having to enter a court battle. Why risk losing when you can avoid the fight completely?

I have worked through some very tense situations and reached peaceful solutions. Just think about how good it will feel to have that tension gone for good.

Don’t Risk the Money You Put Into Your 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.

Your Business Partner Keeps Taking Money from the Bank Account

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.

How to Get Out of a Partnership LLC

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.

Business Mediator Can See Around Corners to Help You

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.

How Long Does Business Mediation Take?

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.

Ultimatums Kill the Chance of Reaching Agreement Between Partners

Whenever a partner makes an ultimatum when I’m working to bring people together, the damage is almost always irreparable. Issuing an ultimatum is a disrespect to me as a mediator and the other partner or partners involved. Line-in-the-sand demands take away any room for negotiation.

Chris Reich of TeachU Fixes Partnership Problems

All work is fully confidential from the first moment of contact. Every new client relationship begins with consultations with all parties. It's important to me that we all feel good about working together before we start. This site does not provide specific legal advice.

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Clients who have worked with lawyers, counselors, consultants, and coaches often tell me that my business mediation service is the best and least expensive way to fix a partnership.

Chris Reich, Business Mediator