Is a shareholder's agreement not to sue binding on his or her heirs?
Los Angeles, CA |
If a shareholder provides a board of directors with a letter saying that he or she is estopped from bringing suit against the board of directors of a corporation, will that serve as a defense if her heirs later wish to bring suit?
One would want to review the letter and to know what potential causes of action the corporation is worried about. In it's current form the question is just too general. Most causes of action belong to the estate of the individual who is deceased, subject to applicable statutes of limitations and other factors.
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I'll jump in here and add a penny, after reading the comment to Mr. Doland’s answer. The heirs (administrator of the decedent's estate) can have no greater rights than the decedent. I am not certain, however, that the letter you reference limits the decedent's rights as you suggest. You should consult counsel who can review the facts and the purported shareholder agreement or estoppel certificate to determine its value and applicability.
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Attorneys Daymude and Doland have provided you with some very good advice.
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