Contract Terms 3: Avoid Hanging Chads

If I’m not misremembering, the George Bush v. Al Gore presidential election became all about the handing chad. When the people of Florida voted, they did so using punch cards. The voting machine would literally punch a hole in the card indicating their selection. Sometimes, however, it didn’t work. The punch would not go all … Continue reading “Contract Terms 3: Avoid Hanging Chads”

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Contract Terms 2: The Recitals

Most contracts (if not virtually all) contain recitals. They will sometimes be called “recitals” or “background” or, if the attorney is old-school, use the phrase “Whereas…” a lot. When I first started studying contract law, I thought these recitals were included by convention–just something attorneys do (like use the word “whereas”). Maybe that’s what you … Continue reading “Contract Terms 2: The Recitals”

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Contract Terms 1: The Parties

The Right Entity One of the basic elements of a contract is to know who you’re dealing with. (No, Who’s on first). If you are representing an LLC or Corporation, make sure the LLC or Corporation is identified as the party to the contract. If you identify yourself as a party, you can become individually … Continue reading “Contract Terms 1: The Parties”

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Your Contract Has Problems. They all do.

A contract is not going to prevent all disputes. It will definitely prevent some, but certainly not all. I would guess that about 90% of the lawsuits my firm handles involve a contract. And, frankly speaking, many of the cases are good cases with fair arguments on both sides of the issues. So does this … Continue reading “Your Contract Has Problems. They all do.”

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How much will it cost to have your attorney look over your contract? Plus, one tip for getting a good deal

So there you are, looking at a contract you found on the internet. You’re thinking about using it for your business. It looks pretty good to you. But you also think to yourself, “Maybe I should have an attorney look this over.” You’re probably thinking this because society has taught you that sophisticated business people … Continue reading “How much will it cost to have your attorney look over your contract? Plus, one tip for getting a good deal”

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