When co-owners of a closely held business have major disagreements, they often can be served by a negotiated resolution rather than a complete tearing of the sheets. We have employed this philosophy to resolve significant disputes among co-owners who are family members, as well as for those whose only real connection is their joint enterprise. When a quick resolution is not feasible, extraordinary relief—e.g., seeking an accounting or appointing a receiver—may be necessary. If the books are already open to all owners and the continued operation of the business is not in jeopardy, a suit for damages often will suffice. We understand the types of resolution or relief that will achieve the best results for our clients through those options.