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Family businesses are not immune to conflict

Starting a family business or passing down an existing business to children is a dream many Ohio residents share. At times, however, you and your family may disagree about how a business should be run. When these types of disputes arise, it is important to handle them appropriately and effectively.

While working with family may seem like a dream come true for you, this type of arrangement is not immune to conflict. In fact, business-related conflicts between family members can sometimes be even more difficult to address than those between individuals with a strictly business relationship.

Taking precautions

If you intend to bring a son, daughter or another family member into the fold of your business operations, you may think of how it will only allow your relationship to grow stronger. However, if you only think of the positive sides of working together, you may find yourself feeling disheartened when disagreements arise. Therefore, you may want to take the following precautions when working with family:

  • Anticipate conflict and complications: When business and family relationships overlap, a substantial risk of conflict exists, and it is wise to anticipate and prepare for them.
  • Seek advice from an unbiased party: If you do face business-related issues with family members, it may be difficult to resolve conflicts. You may want to consider bringing in outside help like a mediator or adviser for assistance.
  • Remain open to communication: It can sometimes be difficult for parents or children to open up about important matters. However, when it comes to business, communication is necessary. If you do not maintain transparency, serious problems could result and conflict resolution may be more difficult.

If the situation becomes too difficult to resolve, legal action may prove necessary.

Interests of the business

Though it may seem callous to consider taking legal action against a family member, it could be your last resort to resolving a business-related conflict. After all, it is important to remember that the interests of the business are a top priority. If you have concerns over how to handle a family business issue, you may wish to consult with an attorney about your options.

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