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Thank you for such a quick response. Firstly there is no discussion of money.
What do I ultimately want to happen? I want to continue with the business and so does she. However, I think a partnership agreement would give us both some protection moving forward. I did have some communications with a solicitor re an agreement and he sent me a letter with suggestions for us to talk about before we met him such as , who does what, annual leave entitlement, leaving the partnership, pensions, salary etc When I talk to her with this she refused to respond to any of the questions stating she wanted an agreement that stated she owns 50% of the business and nothing more. Needless to say I didn't want to pay solicitor fees for such an agreement. An example of the challenges I am having - 'One issue for her is hours we work. I suggested we record hours each week and then share them, with no agenda! If she was doing more hours then this would be reflected on our monthly payments'. She has refused to do this and describes me as trying to be her boss! I feel at the moment my hands are tied and what ever I suggest she refuses so it doesn't happen! I suppose I am looking at some sort of conflict resolution but making sure I am protected...if that makes sense!
Thank you for your reply. It is reassuring that you are not misleading me and I basically understand that my hands are tied as we both own 50% of the business. I was just hoping that there was something I could do with what is appears to be an unreasonable partner on all fronts without having to lose all the hard work over the past few years :-(
My lesson appears to be a partnership agreement from the onset?
Many thanks for your help