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Shareholder disputes are common in businesses, regardless of their size. Any time there is a disagreement between the people who own stock in a company and the people running the company or between the stockholders themselves, it can result in a shareholder dispute. 

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, we represent individuals and companies in shareholder disputes throughout Houston. Our dedicated legal team will help you understand your rights and determine the best course of action. Our shareholder dispute lawyers will help you through all stages of the matter including negotiations, mediation, and litigation. Contact our office today at (888) 367-7160 for a free consultation.

What Is a Shareholder Dispute?

A shareholder dispute is when there is a disagreement between shareholders or a disagreement between shareholders and the people running the company. Shareholder disputes can be over many things including the direction of the company, minority shareholders not being represented, or conflicts of interest.

If you are involved in a shareholder dispute, it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney. An attorney will be able to help you understand your legal options including the best way to resolve the dispute. Shareholder disputes can be complex involving multiple parties and breaches of a shareholder agreement.

Types of Shareholder Disputes

There are several different types of shareholder disputes. Hiring an attorney can help ensure that your interests are protected and fairly represented. 

Common shareholder disputes include:

  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Violation of a shareholder agreement
  • Conflict of interest
  • Disagreements over business direction
  • Minority rights disputes
  • Mistreatment or misappropriation of company assets
  • Buyout agreements
  • Self-dealing
  • Fraudulent transactions
  • Compensation disagreements

Because shareholder disputes often involve high stakes, without an attorney you could lose everything. Minority shareholders, for instance, often find themselves the victims of a squeeze-out where controlling shareholders force them to sell their shares. A Houston shareholder dispute attorney will help ensure that this does not happen, that business is not disrupted, and that a fair resolution is reached.

Preventing Shareholder Disputes

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, our shareholder dispute attorneys know that many times these disagreements can be prevented with proper agreements in place. 

A shareholders’ agreement should include the:

  • Rights of a shareholder
  • Obligations of a shareholder
  • Voting rules
  • Dividends
  • Company structure and procedures
  • Shareholder dispute resolution procedures
  • Buying and selling processes

A written shareholder agreement can help avoid issues between shareholders or between shareholders and the owners of the company. The shareholders’ agreement should be detailed, putting into writing the shareholders' rights and responsibilities. The more information that you can put into the shareholders’ agreement the more protection you will have when disputes arise. 

Contact a Shareholder Dispute Attorney Today

Are you involved in a shareholder dispute in Houston, TX? Contact Bailey Cowan Heckaman at (888) 367-7160 to discuss how we can help you find a resolution with the least amount of disruption to your business. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling complex business litigation. 

For over 30 years we have helped clients in Houston and nationwide get the results they deserve. We’ve represented thousands of clients, treating each case as though it were our own. Call our office today to discuss what we can do for you.

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