Although proven and long-tenured business and commercial law attorneys can certainly argue a number of ways against the point - as asserted in an online overview - that shareholder and partnership agreements are "the corporate equivalent of a prenuptial agreement," they might still confirm the base legitimacy of such an analogy.
After all, entrepreneurs who band together and collectively marshal their talents and energies on behalf of a business goal are, in a sense, family members.
That is, they have a mutual understanding - just as thriving families do - that a workable relationship must be forged among all principals in order to maximally promote their shared vision and ensure continued viability of a functioning group into the future.
Astute business partners know well that enterprise success will be materially tied to a timely focus upon and execution of foundational corporate documents, most centrally a shareholder or partnership agreement that delineates each key individual's rights, duties and responsibilities.
Notwithstanding good-faith efforts to identify and effectively address every conceivable business challenge through careful contract drafting, though, no corporate form or document will ever be bullet-proof against future challenges.
And that, notes the above-cited overview, is because "the one constant in business is change."
Unquestionably, every commercial entity faces hurdles and, sometimes, flat-out upheavals in its operations. We note on a page of our website addressing shareholder and partnership conflict/resolution that company challenges "can rattle a business to its very core."
Seasoned business attorneys who routinely work with diverse clients across a wide universe of corporate matters know that disputes can easily and materially disrupt a company's equilibrium and business plan.
And they are professionally trained to provide sound and purposeful guidance to business principals to minimize the attendant downsides, achieving short-term goals while ensuring that clients continue to secure long-term objectives.
Individuals having questions or concerns regarding any aspect of a shareholder/partnership relationship or related contractual matter can obtain proven guidance and legal representation from an experienced commercial law attorney well versed in working with diverse clientele on complex business issues.