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How to handle disputes with your business partners in Florida

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2024 | Business Law |

Running a business with partners can be rewarding, but disputes are inevitable. Knowing how to handle these disputes is crucial for maintaining a healthy business relationship. In Florida, there are many options for handling a business dispute without damaging your personal relationships.

Open communication

Start by keeping communication open. Discuss issues honestly to prevent misunderstandings and find common ground. Have regular meetings, listen actively, and document all discussions to avoid future disagreements.

Mediation as a first step

When discussions don’t resolve the issue, try mediation. Mediation involves a neutral third party who helps find a resolution. Choose an unbiased mediator experienced in business disputes. Both parties must agree to participate, and mediation encourages open dialogue through confidentiality.

Refer to your partnership agreement

Use your partnership agreement to guide the process for handling disputes. Reviewing this document helps resolve conflicts. Check if your agreement includes a specific process for resolving disputes, clarify each partner’s roles and responsibilities, and consider updating the agreement to address any gaps that may have led to the dispute.

Legal action as a last resort

If all other methods fail, take legal action as a last resort. This should be the last option due to the potential costs and impact on the business relationship. Seek legal advice to understand your rights and options. Prepare for litigation by gathering all necessary documentation and weighing the potential outcomes and impacts on your business.

Strengthen your business partnership

Disputes with business partners are a normal part of running a business. Navigating these challenges thoughtfully helps preserve your partnership and ensures the long-term success of your business.

Founding Partners Damaso W. Saavedra and Allyson D. Goodwin