I have a client that had a partner who was her webmaster (a very dishonest one). Her partner put the domain in her own name and not my client's and it's hosted on her own server and she won't give my client access to the site.
My client is the professional who has all the college degrees and expertise and wrote most of the content for the website so without her the domain has little value except the partner is now faking expertise and making money off the domain and doesn't want to let it go, plus it is ranking #1 for most of it's keywords in that field.
The partner will not give my client access to the domain. They are going through arbitration with a lawyer that doesn't know Internet law. I suggested she have the lawyer go through Internic once the legal matter is settled to get the domain into her own name.
I need to know if my client should change the domain into her own name before moving it to another host, (if it's even possible) or just move it and change the name later -- either way won't the partner still have to approve the move/change? She would like to do this so the partner has no more ties to the domain.