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Business Disputes

Dealing With Internal Business Disputes

March 18, 2022

When it comes to disputes, many business owners are focused on the potential disputes that could arise with vendors, competitors, or other parties outside of their company. Unfortunately, internal disputes can be just as common, but often catch business owners off guard. Identifying the potential internal risks can help guard against these disputes, but to some extent, they are also unavoidable. If you are facing an internal business dispute, an experienced Montana or Wyoming business dispute attorney can help you navigate the issues and reach a successful resolution. 

Shareholder or Partnership Disputes

Disputes among the owners of the company are often the most damaging, especially if they aren’t handled correctly. Shareholder or partnership disputes may start over something minor and then blossom into something that threatens your business’ future. These can include the following: 

  • Disputes involving compensation, voting, or other interests contained in the shareholder or partnership agreement 
  • Ethical issues
  • Frustrations from those shareholders or partners holding a minority interest

If left unaddressed, these types of disputes can often lead to a break up of your business. An experienced Wyoming or Montana business dispute attorney can help you address the issue head-on and resolve the matter before it is irreparable. 

Executive Contract Disputes

In order to attract the people they need for their business to succeed, owners will offer attractive contracts to management personnel. These contracts may have unique provisions concerning compensation, profit sharing, and termination. They also typically carry unique protections in the form of non-compete, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements. These contracts are often forgotten about until the conflicts arise, particularly when the executive and the business have decided to part ways. In high-pressure situations, substantive disputes can arise over how key provisions of these contracts are interpreted and applied. 

A Montana or Wyoming business dispute attorney can review these issues and enforce your rights as a business owner. The enforcement of non-compete or non-solicitation clauses, for example, can have a significant effect on your business moving forward. A business dispute attorney can help you resolve the issue and minimize any damage. 

Employee Issues

Another common source of business disputes can arise from your own employees. A Wyoming or Montana business dispute attorney can provide guidance as to how to handle the following situations: 

  • Lack of instruction/poor instruction that results in mistakes
  • Tension between various departments
  • Employee to Employee harassment claims
  • Different work styles and personalities that don’t mesh

Any one of these issues can be complex and fraught with potential problems, and making the wrong decision can expose you to liability or harm your business’ reputation. An experienced business dispute attorney can help you resolve the matter as quickly as possible so that your business can continue to move forward. 

Talk to a Montana or Wyoming Business Dispute Attorney Today 

Disputes are inevitable for any business, but some disputes can damage morale, consume valuable resources, and keep your business from being successful. At Ragain & Clark, we help business owners keep moving forward by resolving whatever disputes they may face. Call us today at 406-651-8888 (Billings) or 307-388-6400 (Worland) or send us an email to discuss your needs and how we can help.


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