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If i am personally sued can they come after my corporation

Yorba Linda, CA |

I used to have a partnership with my brother and he forced me out. I started a new company and I want to know if my brother can come after my new company if I am a corporation

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Unless the new company is using trade secrets from the old company the new company is not liable for anything you did prior to starting the new corporation. Your shares may be subject to attachment if he gets a judgment against you.

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Your brother is able to sue you personally, and also your new corporation, depending on the claim. He can also allege "alter ego" liability against your corporation, by claiming that your corporation isn't adhering to the requisite corporate formalities and you're blurring the distinction between the corporation and your personal identity.

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i would agree with the previous assessments...


The new company might provide protection against itself and other shareholders, but if your brother obtains a judgment against you personally, your ownership in the new corporation could be used to satisfy the judgment.

If you would like to discuss any issues further, please feel free to contact my office. The link to my contact information is below. Thank you.

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