Peoria, IL asked in Securities Law and Employment Law for Illinois

Q: I'm a little unclear on employee stock ownership

- if I'm offered stock, but I don't think it's worth it, I don't have to take it, right?

1 Lawyer Answer
T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: You are correct. If some one wants to give you stock, you are under no obligation to accept it. The same is true for an inheritance. You may not want to accept a property, if it includes a huge mortgage or a number of tax liens.

There must be more to this story than your comment above. There are few reasons not to accept stock; however, if the stock comes with "a hook," feel free to reject the offer.

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