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GuestandGrayLogoDallas, Forney and Rockwall are hubs for small to mid-size businesses that operate as partnerships. These areas are growing at incredible rates and businesses are flocking here because of the need for services. Because of this, Guest and Gray, P.C. is seeing a huge uptick in the amount of partnership disputes that have arisen as a result of the intense residential and commercial growth when the partnership has not worked out exactly as intended. Maybe you find yourself in this situation.

The truth is that you never thought this could happen and certainly never wanted it to, either. Does this scenario sound familiar: you and a long time friend or business associate opened a business together some years ago, and although things went well for the first few years, the relationship has soured and now it seems like an impossible situation every day you go to work. The environment has become hostile and the business is now suffering because of it. Does this sound like you? This is what is called a partnership dispute. The dispute can arise from management styles, business debt, or poor performance of one of the partners or business itself. It can also arise from one party acting on his own and taking partnership business or profits for himself. It can be the result of darn near anything.

Partnership disputes have almost the same feeling as a divorce. Although more than two people can enter into a partnership, the usual scenario is that two people started a business together and now there is some infighting or “infidelity” and the partnership is now suffering as a result. Now one or both of the partners want out. It essentially amounts to a business divorce.

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Business-Law-PicForney, Rockwall and Terrell are experiencing residential and commercial record growth. Over the summer, the Terrell chamber of commerce celebrated the fact that there were over 500 members of the Terrell Chamber of Commerce. Rockwall is the largest city in the area with over 100,000 in population and boasts thousands of businesses, both large and small. Business is booming.

Many small businesses are experiencing huge upticks in sales and are struggling to deal with their growth. They have never had to think of themselves as big players before. Maybe you are one of those local businessmen and woman. It can be hard to balance both the administrative and operational roles in your business. Maybe you have operated as a sole proprietorship for many years, but as your business has grown, you’re growing more concerned with potential liabilities associated with your business and need to know more about what your options are: should I incorporate? What are the benefits of becoming an LLC? How can I protect my assets against an adverse judgment?

Those are questions that your local attorneys at Guest and Gray can answer. We can help you plan out a business structure that works best for you and your business and provides you the best protections that the law will provide.

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EmploymentLaw-300x200Texas law generally disfavors contracts and arrangements that restrict competition and trade. The Texas Free Enterprise and Antitrust Act of 1983 provides says that “Every contract, combination, or conspiracy in restraint of trade or commerce is unlawful.” (Tex. Bus. & Com. Code 15.05(a).)

However, in typical fashion, the Texas Legislature has made certain exceptions to this general rule. Namely, they have made an exception by allowing non-compete agreements to be enforceable in certain limited circumstances: “notwithstanding 15.05 of this code … a covenant not to compete is enforceable if it is ancillary to or part of an otherwise enforceable agreement at the time the agreement is made to the extent that it contains limitations as to time, geographical area, and scope of activity to be restrained that are reasonable and do not impose a greater restraint than is necessary to protect the goodwill or other business interest of the promisee.”                                                                                                   (Tex. Bus. & Com. Code 15.50(a)).

Non-Compete Agreements as Restraints on Trade