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Ways to handle business partnership disputes

Posted by William J. Cook | Jun 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

In any relationship, you are bound to have disagreements and disputes. This is especially true when it comes to business partnerships. It is very common for two business partners to butt heads concerning important decisions about their business, so here are a few ways to handle business partnership disputes in Florida.

Don't get overly emotional

The first thing that you need to keep in mind when handling a business partnership dispute is that you cannot get too emotionally involved in the situation. This is hard to do for some people because they care so much about their business that it is hard to not be emotional. It can also be hard if the person you are partnering with is a personal friend, so the disagreement ends up feeling like a personal attack.

To handle the dispute, you need to put your emotions to the side and focus on what will be best for your company in the future. Approaching the situation logically and strategically is the best thing you can do to solve disagreements.

Talk it out

Even when it comes to minor disagreements, you should have an open dialogue about it. You don't want to bite your tongue and ignore the disagreements you may have–eventually, it could grow into resentment for your partner. This is why it is always best to be honest and talk it out whenever there is a problem in your business partnership.

Get outside help

If the disputes and disagreements get to the point where you can't solve the issue on your own, getting outside help from a neutral party can be very beneficial. Meeting with a mediator could be exactly what your business partnership needs to get back on track. If you still aren't able to fix your partnership, then you may need to look into business litigation and consider taking legal action against your partner.

Keeping a business partnership healthy is hard. Just like with any other relationship, there will be hardships that can make or break a partnership if you aren't able to overcome them.

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William J. Cook

William J. Cook represents clients in matters involving business litigation and commercial and employment disputes, securities litigation, insurance, personal injury. Mr. Cook's peers have awarded him with the highest possible rating of AV-Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell, which speak...


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