Atlanta Business Litigation Lawyer
Handling Business Disputes in Georgia
Buckley Beal has an understanding of all types of business disputes. Whether it’s a family business, trust, or company with many shareholders, we have years of experience. Our team is full of knowledge when it comes to negotiating or litigating any of the issues in a closely held business.
Assistance with Ownership Disputes
Ownership disputes include partnership and shareholder disputes. While business partners should be able to trust one another, sometimes business partners breach that trust. This can be considered violating the terms of the business agreement. The same can be true of the duties shareholders owe to each other.
As the owner of a small business, here are the type of problems you could get into:
- Dispute over ownership
- Disputes with vendors, suppliers, and other companies
- Disputes with insurers for covered business losses (get into bad faith)
- Malpractice by company professionals such as accountants and attorneys
Breach of Contract
Most business litigation matters originate from a breach of some type of contract.
A breach of contract can occur in any of the following situations:
- Business sales and merger agreements
- Construction contracts
- Franchise agreements
- Investment and capital agreements
- Joint venture agreements
- Lease agreements
- Non-compete agreements
One common way this happens is if someone breaks a company operating agreement or contract with a vendor. Simply put, this means the other party in your contract fails to do what is required of them according to the terms or promises you agreed upon.
Some ways a party may commit a breach of contract include:
- Not being paid after you performed your end of the bargain
- Not receiving a product or service that you paid for under the contract
- Having a former employee work for a competing company or start their own business
- A tenant who refuses to pay rent on time or vacate the property at the end of the lease
Have any of these situations have arisen for you? Our experienced team of litigators is waiting to hear from you. Call us today: (404) 781-1100!
Insurance Bad Faith Claims
Many companies face loss from events out of their control like hurricanes or floods. Others suffer a loss from theft, embezzlement, or even negligence. Any of these losses can capsize a company. This is why companies have insurance. However, when the insurance companies refuse to pay, the risk to the company is still there. Insurance bad faith claims hold insurance companies accountable when they wrongly deny coverage, defraud, or default on their policyholders.
Some examples of insurance bad faith claims include:
- Failing to properly or timely investigate your claim
- Refusing to compensate you for a legitimate claim or presenting you with a “lowball” offer
- Misrepresenting the policy terms and language
- Making you go through unreasonable lengths to prove your covered loss
Legal Malpractice in Business
Some companies suffer a loss at the hands of their attorney. This can happen when an attorney is representing another client and not protecting your interests or by making a simple mistake. Sometimes those mistakes are costly and can threaten to put a company out of business.
Examples of how legal malpractice can affect your business include the following:
- Mismanagement of your funds and overbilling
- A conflict of interest
- Failure to meet an important deadline
- Mistakes in drafting contracts, settlement agreements, or other legal documents
- Misrepresenting their knowledge of the law
- Failure to inform you of important happenings in your case – for example, a settlement offer.
Estate Claims on Your Business
When a prominent member of a business or family passes away, their loss can create deep divides among the remaining family members or shareholders. Protecting the interests of a company or family member is essential in these circumstances. Buckley Beal has significant experience in estate litigation. Probate courts can have their own rules and navigating estate claims can be particularly challenging.
Examples of business-related estate disputes include:
- Claims of undue influence on the deceased by certain beneficiaries under the will
- Failure of the executor or administrator of the estate to follow the terms of the will or trust
- Challenges to the validity of the will or trust
- Claims of excessive charges to estate by the executor
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