What rights do I have to get back my personal property from my former business partner?

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What rights do I have to get back my personal property from my former business partner?

My business partner and I have decided to no longer be in business. The business is located in my partner’s home and she has changed the locks to our office without notifying me. I purchased an embroidery machine, computers and a printer from my personal bank account. She refuses to communicate with me or return my property. I have since filed for dissolution of the business. We have no written agreement.

Asked on August 24, 2011 Washington

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you have filed for the dissolution of your business was the filing a court action or a filing with the Secretary of State's office in Washing to dissolve either a corporation or a limited liability company?

If you have not filed a legal action against your former business partner seeking a dissolution of your venture and for an accounting, you will need to do so in that such a proceeding seems to be the only way you are going to get back your personal property from her as well as a complete resolution of any all all disputes that there appears to be.

Such a proceeding can be somewhat expensive both in time, attorney's fees and emotional outlay.

Given the circumstances that you have written about, I suggest that you consult with a business attorney regarding the best course on how to resolve the problems you are having with your former business partner. Good luck.


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