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The Future of Commercial Leases

The one contract your business simply can not afford to get wrong! Rent payments, typically one of the largest expenses of a company, are particularly painful for business owners to...

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Office Space Post COVID-19

Office space was already evolving prior to the pandemic of 2020. Now its set to change again in ways no one could have predicted less than a year ago. Office...

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What Is a Land Lord’s Lien?

Most commercial leases include a Land Lord’s Lien Clause and many business owners don’t understand that magnitude of it. A Land Lord’s Lien is generally a clause written into a...

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Why Can’t I Just Terminate My Lease?

Wanting out of your commercial lease does not mean you can get out. Needing to terminate a commercial lease comes up often, and especially now with the current situation in...

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Proper Copyright Licensing is Important

Driving to work the other day, I happened to find myself driving behind the truck you see above. Apparently owned (or contracted) by an exterminating company called Manzano Pest Management...

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What Exactly is a Trust?

Legal websites are rampant with articles promoting the use of trusts and their value in avoiding the horrific, heinous probate process. In my experience as a trust officer, the overriding...

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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...

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How to Negotiate Good Lease Terms

Last November, I wrote an article entitled, Commercial Leases: Avoid Getting Screwed, which identified three important aspects of a commercial lease:  Location, Rent and Lease Terms.  In this article, I...

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Commercial Leases: Avoid Getting Screwed

I’ll be the first to admit the title to this blog article is a bit raw or aggressive. I considered something subtler, like “Commercial Leases – Small Businesses Beware” or...