Help with usurpers


I run a paranormal investigation team which was founded by me, the logo designed by me and the paperwork designed by me. Initial funding was from my credit cards and the group has been running just over 2 years. Last year, personal issues meant that I had to take a break from running things and I asked a member to step into my shoes temporarily. When I came back the member refuses to give up power using my team against me. It has since become clear that certain members have been badmouthing me and intend to not let me back to run things.
We are a constituted group which declares me as the founder and chairman. Our bank account is a group bank account and I am simply a signatory the other 2 signatories are the ones doing the usurping.

Where do I stand? Please Help!

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asked Feb 1 '12 at 14:40
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  • Talk to a lawyer. See, the lawyer at least will know the juristidciotn and have access to your conttract - we have none, partially beause the amount of information you give (legal releavanve - where you live) is something you possibly think we read out of a crystal ball (i.e. you dont even tell us where you are, legally). – Net Tecture 12 years ago
  • Why don't you use your paranormal power to get your leadership back. – Ross 12 years ago

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Clearly, from the way you describe things, the partnership is over. It's time to find a way out, and perhaps that's really what you're getting at: how to properly end the business (at least in its current form) to allow you to get your fair share out of it (and I'm assuming, you're OK with everyone else getting their fair share out of it as well).

This really depends on the local laws where you live. Typically, though, the first thing you'd look at is any contract you have in place. This might include Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization, or other founding documents. Hopefully, you went through the process correctly, and you've got what you need to figure it out. Short of any formal contracts, most countries fall back on written communication, and if there's none of that, then maybe verbal communication. But of course, as you get down to those levels, it starts to become a he-said-she-said kind of thing, and it tends to fall apart.

If I were in your situation, I'd call them up and say, "Hey, we've got to talk. Clearly things are falling apart, and it's time to formalize how we end this business venture." If you can't all agree to something, it's very likely to end in arbitration or court. (Might I suggest, do your best to be as friendly as you can; if you come in on the attack, they'll fight back, and it will only make things worse.)

Look at the contracts you have, talk to them, and talk to a lawyer. Then move on and start again. Businesses come and go all the time; you can always start over. If you've designed a logo and paperwork before, it can be done again.

answered Feb 5 '12 at 12:57
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