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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 make on scarcely occupied office and retail space since the COVID-19 Pandemic hit. While enduring the remainder of a commercial lease “as is” might very well […]

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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 space was changing pre- COVID 19.  Cubicles had given way to wall-less open spaces and communal work areas.  Now, the inspired “collaborative” office layout that […]

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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 lease. What the clause does is allow a Land Lord to keep the property within a leased space should the tenant default on the payment […]

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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 the world. The bottom line is, commercial leases are governed primarily and solely by the lease itself, unlike residential tenants who enjoy certain protections under […]

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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 of Albuquerque, NM. What caught my eye, was the clever little cartoon of the stone-age character pounding little critters with his hammer. Very appropriate for […]

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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 emotion that I noted when speaking with clients about trusts, and the entire estate planning process for that matter, was confusion. This is a valid […]

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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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How to Negotiate Good Lease Terms

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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 talk specifically about Good Lease Terms, and give you some understanding of the various lease terms to think about when considering or negotiating a commercial […]

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