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Contract Tip: What is a Counterpart Clause?

Boilerplate contract terms are often overlooked, and in some cases, this can be dangerous. A counterpart clause is one such oft overlooked contract term. While I would hesitate to classify it as “dangerous,” understanding what the clause means and does is helpful in understanding your duties and obligations under the contract. The Counterpart Clause To […]

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Contract Tip: What is an Assignment Clause?

Let’s say that you are planning your wedding reception and you contracted with a particular ice sculptor because of his demonstrated ability to sculpt intricate, life-size ice replicas of the newlywedded couple. A resplendent hypothetical, of course. If that accomplished ice sculptor later wants to outsource his contractual responsibility to another ice sculptor—who does not […]

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Contract Tip: What is Force Majeure?

Contract law is rife with terms of art which can be very confusing to the average business owner. In our previous articles, we have tried to shed some light on terms like Consideration, Indemnity, and Merger. This article will address a term whose definition may not seem intuitive at all, Force Majeure. Hint: If the […]

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The Report Card for Businesses- What is a Certificate of Good Standing and How Do I Get Mine?

Certificate of Good Standing

No matter how old we get or how many businesses we own, we are never free of the dreaded “Report Cards” of life. As adult individuals we must concern ourselves with the data listed on our personal credit reports. As business owners and leaders, we must be aware of “Certificate of Good Standing”. For many […]

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Contract Tip: Top 6 Problems to Avoid in a Contract

No one likes to pay the lawyer, but it’s always good practice for a small business owner or leader to hire an attorney to review contracts before signing them. Even the most basic or simplest of services can turn into a debilitating debate or fight under the right circumstances. To illustrate why it’s critical to […]

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Contract Tip: Attorneys Fees

The notion of the concept of “attorneys fees” sounds so self-serving coming from the fingertips of this small business lawyer. The thing is, if a contract has a fair-and-balanced “attorneys fees provision” in it, such a clause greatly reduces the risk of a long, expensive and protracted lawsuit in a dispute. Furthermore, it greatly increases […]

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Simple Contract

If I earned a nickel every time someone asked me to provide a “simple contract,” I would be a rich man indeed. The problem is, when most people think of “simple contract,” they think a short, one-or-two page document, that protects their interests, without getting them into trouble, and without having to spend any time […]

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