The death and testamentary bequests of the majority member of a family-owned LLC set the stage for a legal contest over the executor’s standing to enforce dissolution and have himself appointed as receiver to wind up the LLC’s affairs. This week’s New York Business Divorce has the story.
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This week’s New York Business Divorce highlights a trio of recent decisions involving LLC disputes concerning the membership rights of the estate of a deceased member, the intended purpose of the LLC as the basis for a dissolution claim, and the power to expel a member.
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A Manhattan appellate panel recently ordered a trial in a suit between the estate of a deceased law firm partner and the surviving partner over whether the latter’s post-death admission of a new partner was part of an alleged “sham” transaction designed to defeat the estate’s entitlement to receive half the firm’s assets upon dissolution and liquidation. You won’t want to miss it in this week’s New York Business Divorce.
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New York’s ancient and outmoded Partnership Law continues to generate litigation almost 100 years after its adoption. A case in point, featured in this week’s New York Business Divorce, is Breidbart v. Wiesenthal, decided earlier this month by the Appellate Division, Second Department, addressing the question whether post-dissolution gain on the sale of realty is included in “profits” under Partnership Law Section 73, applicable when valuing the interest of a deceased or retired partner.
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Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla’s recent ruling in Poole v. West 111th Street Rehab Associates illustrates some of the difficult interpretive and factual issues that often accompany internal partnership disputes governed by the “old” Limited Partnership Act adopted by New York in 1922. This week’s New York Business Divorce explains.
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