I am in the process of dissolving a California S-Corporation. My business partner has completely dead-locked the process and is demanding all original company documents/receipts. I have sent him copies of the originals which he has refused due to the fact that they are photocopies. My current attorney is advising me to capitulate to his demands for original documents and deliver them to him. These documents contain all the proof as to how our business was conducted for over six years. My concern is that once I deliver the records to him that he may destroy or lose the documents rendering the business a he said she said. My former business partner is very litigious and has been in many lawsuits and is not trustworthy. How do I protect myself while moving the dissolution forward?
Do what your "current attorney" says. Keep copies of everything.
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(Bryant) Keith Martin
You've asked this question before, and nothing in terms of the question or answers have changed, except now you say you've got your own lawyer who's advising you. You'd be very unwise to disregard that advice from someone you've hired to analyze this sitaution and who knows the details.
The only thing I'd add, again, is to keep a record of what you've sent, and not just copies, but scanned documents sent via registered email (www.rpost.com) so you can prove exactly what you provided and when if necessary.
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