Corporate Divorce: Essential Case Intake Questions

Law360, New York (December 18, 2017, 12:12 PM EST) -- Here is a scenario that confronts many lawyers: A client has a dispute with his or her business partner and approaches a lawyer about ending the relationship. In some cases, the client’s partners will agree that the relationship is irreconcilable and will cooperate in a voluntary separation. In most cases, however, the economics and the client’s demands will make a quick and voluntary separation unlikely, resulting in a protracted and expensive litigation or arbitration. These “business divorces,” like real divorces, can be emotionally charged events that present challenging legal issues.

In my practice, I have found that eliciting certain basic information...

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