The sale of a family-owned business triggers a dissolution petition over the contested disposition of the sale proceeds, leading to a noteworthy decision earlier this month by Justice Richard M. Platkin. Get the story in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Siblings Battle Over Spoils from Sale of Family-Owned Business

Are stock appraisals done for estate tax purposes discoverable in stock valuation proceedings or other types of shareholder disputes involving the shares of a deceased stockholder or of someone who inherits shares from the estate? A recent appellate decision on the topic is the springboard for this week’s post.
Continue Reading Disclosure of Estate Tax Stock Appraisals in Shareholder Disputes

Shotgun buy-sell provisions frequently are included in shareholder and operating agreements, but there’s little evidence that business owners “pull the trigger” with any frequency. This week’s New York Business Divorce looks at one of the rare litigations involving a shotgun provision in action.
Continue Reading Aim Carefully Before Pulling Trigger on Shotgun Buy-Sell Agreement

Justice Alan Scheinkman’s highly detailed, 33-page decision last week in Verghetta v Lawlor, valuing a minority interest in two LLCs that own and operate Planet Fitness health clubs, is must reading for lawyers and business appraisers who handle fair value contests. Learn more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Threading the Fair-Value Needle: Court Finds Major Flaws in Both Sides’ Appraisals in Arriving at Its Own Value

The fascinating case of Mintz v Pazer, which was reported over a year ago featuring discussion of a “Quick Draw” buy-sell agreement, makes its second appearance in this week’s New York Business Divorce, this time highlighting a pair of recent decisions by Justice David Schmidt resolving disputes over the timing of appraisals and valuation date.
Continue Reading Case Highlights Importance of Valuation Date in Buy-Sell Agreement

Renowned business appraiser Chris Mercer has written a book called Unlocking Private Company Wealth that’s must reading for business owners and their advisors who should be concerned about wealth management and ownership transition for the closely held and family business. Read more in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
Continue Reading Chris Mercer on Unlocking Private Company Wealth

Can real property titled in the names of individuals be deemed partnership property? That’s the question recently answered by Justice Carolyn Demarest in Sokolowski v. Wodkiewicz, a case involving competing claims by the estate of a deceased property owner and the surviving co-owners who asserted the right to purchase the estate’s interest. This week’s New York Business Divorce has the story.
Continue Reading Court Determines Realty is Partnership Asset in Dispute Between Surviving Partner and Estate

Buy-sell agreements in shareholder agreements are supposed to avoid — not foment — litigation over the value of the interest being redeemed or sold. Matter of Grande’ Vie, LLC, decided last month by the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, tells a cautionary tale of a buy-sell provision gone wrong. Learn more about this important topic in this week’s New York Business Divorce.

Continue Reading Clash of the Clauses: Divided Appellate Panel Rules that “Binding” Appraisal Per Buy-Sell Agreement Must be Arbitrated