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Resolving Business Disputes

Most people do not like conflict. A disagreement can be especially uncomfortable in business relationships. In business, we often have business partners, vendors, suppliers, employees and other relationships. When all the various players are getting along, the business can run smoothly. A dispute that has not been resolved can significantly impact business relationships and the business itself.

Often, individuals may start their business relationships with a handshake, a verbal understanding of the agreement between the parties or even a brief written contract that does not include important terms and expectations. It may be difficult for business owners to communicate to each other their expectations, work ethic, financial goals, business roles, and leadership style.

Clear verbal and written communication is essential for a healthy business organization.  Written agreements and documents helps each party know what their rights and responsibilities are, sets expectations and states what needs to occur in the specific business relationship. There are many types of issues that can cause a disagreement. Without clear communication, the likelihood for conflict and disputes can increase.

Unfortunately, disagreements occur despite our best efforts to get along. Trying to resolve the conflict effectively and efficiently is good for the business relationship and for the business. A dispute can be resolved by an informal meeting of the parties involved where each person is able to express their understanding of the issues and their suggestions for resolution. Often, when the parties try to sit down to resolve the dispute, the situation has escalated so that informal resolution may be difficult.

The next blog post will discuss the option of mediation as a method of dispute resolution.

A Skilled Attorney can help you Resolve Business Disagreements

When a dispute arises, we can effectively support you and your business to find out the facts and the other party’s position, negotiate resolution and help you make good decisions for yourself and your business. We represent a variety of clients in situations related to the areas of business, real estate and construction deals and disputes. Contact us with to discuss your situation at (925) 463-9000 or send an email.

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Lisa Wills of the Law Offices of Lisa D. Wills helps clients solve problems and protect their rights. She is an experienced attorney in the areas of business, real estate and construction transactions and disputes in Pleasanton, San Ramon, Livermore and Danville, California helping to solve problems. If you have questions concerning your business, contact Lisa Wills at the Law Offices of Lisa D. Wills or (925) 463-9000.

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