Category: Dispute Resolution

business partnership

Avoiding Legal Actions Between Partners

A partnership is one of the easiest businesses to establish. Start-up costs tend to be lower than for many other types of business structures, such as an LLC or corporation. Partners tend to have more access to capital and greater borrowing capacity because they can fund their business with their personal assets. However, they do risk losing their business and personal assets if the partnership fails, like sole proprietors. In a rush to get their business started, the partners may put off...

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Corporate Protection Against Verbal Abuse in the Workplace

California does not have laws against verbal abuse in the workplace. There are prohibitions against harassment in the workplace monitored by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), but they usually do not include verbal abuse or bullying unless it is continuing and systematic. Companies must confront verbal abuse in the workplace, whether the employee committing the abuse is a supervisor or a co-employee. Obviously, management tends to disfavor a verbally abusive manager or...

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Setting Up a Small Business HR Department

Starting a Business Also Means Setting Up a Human Resources Department At first, many small businesses manage their human resources function with spreadsheets. As the business grows, this system is less than effective because it does not scale well. Setting up a human resources department within a new or established company takes work, but with a solid plan and great legal advice from experienced corporate lawyers, your human resources department can be up and running in no time. Every...

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What To Do When Your Business Partner is Suing You

My Partner is Suing Me, What Do I Do? A business can end in many ways, from a successful sale to an unsuccessful bankruptcy. In some circumstances, a business can even end when one partner files a lawsuit against another. While the best legal option depends on the nature of the lawsuit and the partnership, potential outcomes from a lawsuit between partners can result in a dissolution of the business, holding a partner personally liable for a breach of contract, or expulsion of one partner from...

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What Are ADR Services?

What Do They Mean to a Business Owner? If you have ever been to a courthouse for litigation proceedings, you know how crowded, time-consuming and expensive the process can be.  You are not the only one who wants to avoid litigation (arguing your case in front of a judge or a jury and then having them make a decision).  Judges and lawyers also want to avoid it.  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a remedy that can be used in Alameda County to help you resolve your business disputes without...

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Resolving Commercial Construction Disputes

How Commercial Construction Disputes May Be Resolved While commencement of commercial construction projects is typically (or, at the very least, should be) preceded by the execution of a well-drafted contract, even this is no guarantee that a dispute will not arise between your business and the construction company with which you are doing business. When such a dispute arises, there may be one of several ways that the dispute may be resolved. The options available to you will depend on the terms...

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ADR Services That Work Best

ADR Services – What Works Best in Your Situation? Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) forms can be quite helpful for business owners who find themselves ensnared in legal disputes and conflicts with customers and/or other businesses. Litigation takes time, and as the old saying goes, “Time is money.” The more time your business spends in the courtroom, the greater the impact those disputes and conflicts will have on your business’s profitability. In many cases, ADR can resolve a business’s disputes...

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small business law

Rights in a California Franchise Dispute

Your Rights in a California Franchise Dispute Many small business owners choose to open a franchise for various reasons. Franchise arrangements allow a new, inexperienced business owner to experience some of the benefits of small business ownership without having to completely “go it alone.” The franchisee – the small business owner – gets to use certain tangible and intangible property of the franchisor – in return for the payment of a franchise fee. Like other business contracts, however, the...

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California Collections Law Firm

Attorney for Creditor-Debtor Rights Dispute

When to Hire an Attorney for Your California Creditor-Debtor Rights Dispute Creditor-debtor rights disputes can place a small business in a precarious situation. When the small business is in the position of the creditor, disputes with debtors can mean that the business is not able to obtain payment from the individuals and entities that owe the business money. When the small business is in the position of the debtor, the actions of creditors can deprive the small business of its monetary and...

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What to Do When Business Partners Do Not Agree

Partnerships are one type of business entity available to California entrepreneurs. A partnership can be formed at any time when two or more individuals agree to pursue a business venture for the purposes of making a profit. In most partnerships, each of the founding members (or partners) of the business have the right to participate in making decisions that affect the operation of the partnership (unless the partnership agreement specifies otherwise). When two or more partners disagree as to...

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