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Articles relating to dispute resolution, lawsuits, litigation, settlement agreements, etc.

When Partnerships Go Bad

I find myself writing about my clients and their Business Partnerships that went bad with the same sentiment and phrases that I would probably tell the story of my failed marriage with.   They all start out the same. On paper, they seemed so right.  Similar background, seemingly shared goals and vison for the future.  Seemingly […]

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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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Avoid Narcissistic Partners

I say this often, and it’s unfortunately true: About a third of this firm’s revenue comes from bad partnership breakups and disputes. The problem for most people, is they are all too quick to jump into a partnership with someone, even a stranger, without understanding the long-term impacts of such a relationship. Like a marriage, […]

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Boilerplate Matters in Contracts

I’ve been running into a lot of contracts disputes lately where a party’s rights were potentially affected by missing boilerplate provisions.  Boilerplate generally refers to language that is reused from one contract to the next.  It usually has little to do with the substance of the contract.  It is easy to ignore.  But when it matters, […]

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Getting Sued? Lawsuit Survival

You Got Sued…now what? Getting sued is like a punch to the gut. You are going about your normal day and then WHAM! you “get served” or receive some sort of legal demand letter or complaint. All of a sudden, your day turns horrible as you contemplate Lawsuit Survival. As a small business owner you […]

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The Gloves are Off – When Business Partners Declare War

Business Partners Love them or hate them, Business Partners can be a huge asset to your business. The best kind of Business Partners are the ones with similar goals, trust and a focus on the business. On the other hand, Business Partners can become become your worst nightmare, especially if your goals are mismatched, there […]

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