New Jersey LLC. 2 managing members - 50% of interest each. Company has an active bank account. Both partners has access to it.
At some point Member 1 decided to open a separate bank account under LLC name in other bank without notifying Member 2. Member 1 refuses to grant an access to that account to Member 2.
Is it legal?
Like so many situations, the devil is in the details. But that said, this does sound kind of shady.
I would first want to understand the operating agreement you entered into to make sure we are clear on the relationship here. If there is no written agreement, all the facts will need to be carefully considered along with the relevant provisions of the NJ statute and germane case law to determine a best course of action.
I would strongly encourage you to reach out to a lawyer (perhaps several) in private for a free phone consultation to get some specific insights. Then you can better understand how best to proceed and with whom.
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It is generally not acceptable. I suggest that you retain an attorney to assist you and to protect your rights.
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If such an action is not allowed by the Operating Agreement between the two member, then no. I would suggest you meet with an attorney.
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Do you have an operating agreement? The answer may be there.
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