Business Disputes

The Law Office of William G. Hanson is your go-to legal resource to guide you through your business-related dispute. Below, you’ll find information on some of the most common types of disputes we handle. This is not a comprehensive list.

Partnership Disputes

Many entrepreneurs and other business professionals fall prey to “handshake agreements” — meaning they go into business with a trusted friend or relative, or in some cases someone they barely know, and fail to set up a clear, written contract. This can lead to complications, sometimes serious complications, should a dispute arise.

Partnership disputes vary from case to case because business partners can disagree on just about anything regarding their business. The Law Office of William G. Hanson has handled countless disputes of the partnership nature, ranging from the simple to the highly complex.

Contract Disputes

A well written contract can do wonderful things to help the parties understand their respective rights and liabilities but even the best of contracts is no guarantee that disputes won’t arise. Most disputes can be resolved, often without either side needing to bring in a lawyer. Our services include counseling and advising businesses and individuals behind the scenes when warranted. Often, we are able to avoid suit entirely by creating new terms to an agreement that both sides prefer over the expense and inconvenience of litigation. Where ever practical, we prefer to work toward resolution by doing those things that are least costly first. We understand the stress and pressure that litigation can put on a business or a family. We strive for success and to make the process as cost-effective as possible. Whether you’ve been accused of breaking a contract, or you’re on the other side of the dispute, we have extensive experience in finding resolutions.

In either scenario, we are prepared to negotiate, advocate, mediate, arbitrate, or litigate as necessary to obtain a successful result and will do so until a resolution by settlement or judgment or verdict has been reached.

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Real Estate Disputes

Real estate disputes can take many forms. Whether you are struggling with a lease agreement, feel that a condition on a recently acquired property was not properly disclosed or you’re butting heads with an adjacent property owner, give us a call. We have handled everything from real estate breaches of contract to real estate fraud and will initially consult with you without obligation to determine if we can be helpful in pursuing your rights.

Insurance Disputes

Insurance companies often deny claims as a matter of their regular course of doing business. This is especially so when the claimant is not represented by counsel. Insurance companies are notorious for loose interpretations of their contracts resulting in denials of coverage. However, we believe that your insurance provider should come through for you and your business. Don’t let them brush off your concerns or deny your claim without talking to us first. And, as a general matter, we strongly caution everyone not to sign any insurance settlement document without first discussing it with a qualified attorney.

Contractor & Employee-Related Disputes

In the business world, the relationships between business owners, contract workers, and employees are paramount to everyone’s overall success. Yet even the best-laid plans can fall to waste when one party feels the need to file a claim against another. In these instances resolution, by one means or another, becomes paramount. These are some of the most commonly filed claims we see in our practice:

  • Tort claims
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Fraud claims
  • Claims involving failure to protect trade secrets
  • Claims involving breaches of non-compete or non-solicitation agreements
  • Retaliation claims

We encourage you to reach out and schedule a consultation with our firm. If nothing else, we can use our decades of experience to help you determine your next move.

Resolving Business Disputes in the Chicago, Illinois Area

We are well-versed in all manners of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, mediation, and general negotiations and settlement conferences. Whether you are a plaintiff in need of aggressive representation or a defendant in need of a strong advocate, you would be well served by talking to us, without obligation, to discuss how we would handle your case.