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Knowing the Ropes in the Foreclosure Purchase Ring

Dean Graziosi | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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 04.07.2014 | 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.

'If A Bride Sees This In A Contract, She Should Go Running For The Hills'

The Knot | Posted 04.17.2014 | Weddings
The Knot

Photo: Nakai Photography/The Knot By Lisa Freedman for TheKnot.com Some wedding professionals are adding fine print to their contracts forbidd...

An Overview of 'Work for Hire'

Brad Reid | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

Do not overlook ownership issues in the desire to rapidly begin a creative project. Recognize the legal significance of "work for hire" and "license" language.

Five Legal Myths That Can Cost You a Fortune

Jack Garson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Your mom already warned you: Just because everyone else is doing something doesn't mean you should. Remember the bridge?

Contract Basics

Schuyler M. Moore | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Schuyler M. Moore

Many transactions in the film industry do not fit within any standard paradigm. No matter how complex (or how simple) a transaction may be, it may always be understood if it is broken down into the three basic elements: Money in, money out and control.

How to Get Out of a Bad Lease

Jack Garson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Leases and labor are two of the biggest costs for many businesses. In these cost-conscious times, companies have already made painful cuts in staff, but often view their leases as inescapable handcuffs. Wrong.

Why Business Partnerships Go Bad

Jack Garson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Business is tough, as recent history has proven once again. It's much too tough to be fighting with your partners. Pick well.

Read the Contract: I Rushed, I Signed, I Regretted

Jack Garson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Every day, all across the country, thousands of businesses put their companies in jeopardy when they rush to sign contracts. They don't read them, they don't understand them and they are not prepared for the consequences.

Forget Romance: Relationships Need to Get Contractual

Simone Collins | Posted 10.23.2013 | Weddings
Simone Collins

If your relationship cannot even withstand a discussion of responsibilities and shared expectations, you have no hope of surviving real challenges as they come your way.

An Email Account Creates the Appearance of Employment

Brad Reid | Posted 10.06.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

More fundamentally for any employer, under what circumstances are non-employees, including independent contractors, volunteers, interns, and other marginally affiliated individuals, granted email accounts?

A Simple, Powerful Service for Young Children: Home Visiting

Judith Sandalow | Posted 10.02.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Dr. García, now that you're taking the lead at the Department of Health, we hope that you will prioritize this home visiting work so that the funds your department worked so hard to win aren't lost. Thank you for your attention to this issue.

Literal Truth and Claims of Fraud

Brad Reid | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

There is strong judicial support for freedom of contract and judicial reluctance to rewrite transactions, especially when no literal falsehood occurred. Assertions of implied falsehood are weaker than proof of an affirmatively stated falsehood.

Stay-at-Home Parents' Access to Credit

Margaret Ryznar | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Margaret Ryznar

The rules on stay-at-home parents' access to credit have been reversed twice in the past four years but without much media attention along the way, despite the fundamental impact of the reversals on stay-at-home parents' ability to open a card in their names or to extend their credit lines.

Commercial Disputes May Be Subject to Tribal Courts

Brad Reid | Posted 06.30.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

When a tribally chartered corporation is involved and the activity in question is physically conduced on tribal land, the tribal court's jurisdiction is especially strong.

A Brief Unjust Enrichment Primer

Brad Reid | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

In applying unjust enrichment a court considers the entire circumstances of a situation with an eye to fairness and the prevention of inappropriate conduct. Courts assume broad authority to do justice and applying the doctrine of "unjust enrichment" is one of many ways that this goal is accomplished.

Practice That Obama Condemned Grows Under His Watch

Bloomberg Government | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

President Obama in 2009 told federal agencies that no-bid contracts were "wasteful" and "inefficient." ...

The Dotted Line

Sarah Alban | Posted 03.28.2013 | College
Sarah Alban

Let's be clear. Nobody wakes up with your best interests at heart. Not your parents, not your lover, not your colleagues -- not totally. No one want...

Getting Data for the Debate: All Hail DTM

David Isenberg | Posted 12.05.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Let's suppose U.S. diplomats are serving in a dangerous, violent, conflict-ridden country. He or she obviously need to be protected in the course of performing the country's business.

U.S. Census Bureau Data Holds Secret to Real Job Creation in America

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.24.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

All we have to do to create jobs is focus economic stimulus programs on small businesses. If you want to create jobs, quit giving small business funds to corporate giants.

Tips From The Rock n' Roll CEO No. 7: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (And Expensive, Too)

Jared Gutstadt | Posted 08.15.2012 | Small Business
Jared Gutstadt

Exit strategies. In business, you need one. Anyone's who's been divorced knows how messy it can get when two people split. Now imagine the financial and emotional messiness that can occur when business partners or business partnerships dissolve.

What Does Washington Have Against Small Businesses?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.08.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

It drives me crazy to watch the parade of politicians on mainstream media talking about the economy, job creation and small businesses. It's almost unheard of for any of them to mention the fact that small businesses create the overwhelming majority of net new jobs.

Fine Print Gets A Makeover

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2012 | Money

By Mitch Lipka June 18 (Reuters) - Comparison shopping for a bank or credit union checking account often ends up turni...

Eight Big Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating a Lease for Your Business

Melody Stevens | Posted 07.23.2012 | Small Business
Melody Stevens

It's no secret to business owners that there are great deals to be had in this tenant-friendly economic climate. However, if you combine inexperience, emotion, and an inflexible landlord, you have a recipe for some disastrous decisions.

Be Careful How You Sign Documents

Brad Reid | Posted 05.20.2012 | Business
Brad Reid

Considering how well established the signature liability rules are it is surprising that there are still ambiguous situations created by both the writers and signers of documents.