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Construction Success

Jack Garson | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
Jack Garson

When it comes to construction projects, all too often people start out with pretty drawings and end up with shouting matches or - worse - expensive lawsuits. Your project may be steel and concrete. But even a "minor" mistake can turn it into a leaky, moldy mess.

The Best Question You're Not Asking

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

What frequently gets lost in the exchange of competing drafts is honest-to-God, real life communication -- not between the lawyers, but between the people who really matter.

The 4 Make-or-Break Partnership Questions

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 08.04.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

How do you define success? Why are you bringing them into the business? Is it to dramatically increase revenue, for their back office expertise or perhaps to enable your company to expand into other areas?

The Single Most Important Question You Must Ask Before Signing a Contract

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

If you want a better contract, figure out why you'd want out, and then build each of those issues into the agreement. Sure, it will take a little more time to negotiate on the front end, but you won't have to call your lawyer six months after you sign.

Analyzing the Ryan Tannehill Contract

Chris Koras | Posted 05.26.2015 | Sports
Chris Koras

It is clear that the Dolphins believe in the ability of Tannehill to potentially emerge as an elite QB. If they would have waited another year for that to happen the deal would have played out much differently, with a much higher guarantee and far more risk.

Crafting An Effective Pitch

Lauren Goldstein | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Lauren Goldstein

While working with my clients on how to craft effective, call-to-action pitches, the common theme that always rings true for great pitches is, clarity; Clarity of why, clarity of who, clarity of benefits. With clarity as a base, we can break down a pitch into an easy formula: W+TM+B = P

Inside Traditional Publishing: An Agent's Take on Contracts

Karen Dionne | Posted 06.06.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Of all the skills a literary agent is required to have, the most important is the ability to negotiate well on behalf of the author client. Authors hire agents to protect their business interests in publishing. How do you know if your agent is a good negotiator?

Inside Traditional Publishing: Good Agents Geek Out About Contracts

Karen Dionne | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Publishers often change their contracts to give themselves more favorable terms. Agents who are paying attention pick up on the differences and understand the ramifications. Agents who aren't, don't.

Waiving Contingencies to Compete in a Seller's Market

Melissa Terzis | Posted 04.28.2015 | HuffPost Home
Melissa Terzis

As spring progresses, the real estate market continues to be competitive. Buyers are doing all sorts of things to get houses beyond writing a "pick me" letter. In some cases, the risks they are taking are tough to justify.

Morality and Relationships

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Sriya Chakravarti

Aristotle said, "Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods." Good relationships are key to living through an excell...

Put That Handshake Deal in Writing

Nina B. Ries | Posted 02.07.2015 | Small Business
Nina B. Ries

Business attorneys negotiate and analyze contracts on a daily basis. Though we know from years of experience dealing with parties who are both agreeable and adverse, it can often be difficult for entrepreneurs and small business owners to know what to focus on.

The New Norm: Crazy Contracts and How to Fight Back

Jack Garson | Posted 02.05.2015 | Business
Jack Garson

Businesses -- large and small -- are producing insanely one-sided contracts. In the past, you could find fair contracts. Most were short and simple, too. You do this and I do that. But now we've arrived at crazy. And these agreements are putting your business in jeopardy.

Divorce Confidential: Crafting a Creative Pet Parenting Plan

Caroline Choi | Posted 01.19.2015 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

It's no surprise pet parents are becoming a lot more serious about pet custody. The need to divide this member of your home can be painful and hold so much more value than the division of material possessions.

Are Extended Warranties Worth the Cost?

Jason Alderman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

You're in final negotiations to buy a new car and the dealer is urging you to protect your $20,000-plus investment by purchasing an extended warranty (also known as a service contract). Are these costly add-ons worth the expense or simply a sucker bet intended to boost the seller's bottom line?

Top 3 Mistakes Newbie Entrepreneurs Make and Their Solutions

Darilyn Aquino | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Darilyn Aquino

In the current entrepreneurship boom we are experiencing nowadays, it is quite common that novice business owners -- as well as those with more experience -- make very frequent mistakes due to a lack of legal counseling and experience.

Extended Warranties: Needed or Not?

Sam Dillinger | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Sam Dillinger

Everyone that's bought a car in the last 30 years or so has been pitched an extended warranty. When the car is brand new, the thinking is usually that you've got plenty of time to make that decision later.

Joint Venture: Business Agreement for International Trade

Darilyn Aquino | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Darilyn Aquino

You must keep in mind that a joint venture is particularly aimed at obtaining the respective commercial benefits, but does not include all business or economic activities of the participating members.

7 Key Ways to Increase Your Small Business Chances of Winning Government Contracts

Helen Callier | Posted 09.17.2014 | Small Business
Helen Callier

As your small business starts swimming in the Federal market while continuing to grow on the local and state levels, know that there are key strategies required for success in winning contracts.

Handcuffs or Rocket-Booster? Crafting Joint Venture Agreements that Launch Your Business Forward

Jack Garson | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Businesses team up to pursue work all the time. These joint ventures take many forms and names, from teaming agreements, to partnership agreements, to...

'Good Faith and Fair Dealing' in Contract Law Does Not Impose Abstract Morality

Brad Reid | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently discussed the contractual legal requirement of "good faith and fair dealing" in the context of a limited partnership agreement. In essence, a contract's language and the purposes of the contracting parties control any implied terms that a court might impose.

Protecting Your Online Business Presence

Genavieve Shingle | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Genavieve Shingle

What many online business owners do not realize is that there are legal requirements for having an online presence. The two most common documents needed are "Terms & Conditions" and a "Privacy Policy."

A Premarital Agreement Primer

Brad Reid | Posted 08.26.2014 | Weddings
Brad Reid

While a will may transfer property at death, a premarital agreement may clarify what property is subject to the provisions of a will as well as address inheritance and probate matters.

Thinking of Blogging With a Partner? Read This First

Audrey van Petegem | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Audrey van Petegem

I found out the hard way that a partnership is like a marriage. And like some marriages it ended in divorce. I realized how important it is to plan for the possibility of divorce before the honeymoon ends.

Knowing the Ropes in the Foreclosure Purchase Ring

Dean Graziosi | Posted 06.07.2014 | Money
Dean Graziosi

I've bought a great many foreclosure properties over the years and can tell you that you can end up pulling your hair out if you're not prepared for the hurdles the lender places in your path to a closing.

Why Mike Trout Made a Big Mistake in Taking a $144.5 Million Contract From the Angels

Dave Kreissman | Posted 06.07.2014 | Teen
Dave Kreissman

Well, the New Jersey native just signed a deal through 2020 worth $144.5 million. And I believe that this could be the greatest financial mistake of his life.