Articles & Publications

Patience and a Careful Eye Needed in Negotiating Your Commercial Lease: Some Rules to Live By

Posted August 21, 2012 by Barbara I. Berschler in Articles & Publications

While this article is mainly addressed to those who are planning to open an office at a new location, it also offers useful information to those who are about to exercise some option provided for in their lease, such as the option to renew or to take expansion space. Clearly, you will be in the best bargaining position during the initial negotiation stage. However, depending on the surrounding economic circumstances, you may also use your exercise of an option as an opportunity to "amend" some provisions in your lease.

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Limited Liability is a Valuable Asset. What Are You Doing to Protect It?

Posted August 21, 2012 by in Articles & Publications

When I ask a business person for reasons why he or she wants to operate as a corporation, I often hear, "Because I want to limit my personal liability." Clearly, a worthy objective. But what steps are you taking to preserve your individual limited liability? Is it enough simply to file incorporation papers and the various state and federal tax returns to protect your status? Or, are there other steps you should take to safeguard your limited liability?

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Facing Hard Economic Times

Posted August 21, 2012 by in Articles & Publications

The news this fall has been filled with reports of large, well-established companies facing difficult economic circumstances. In a number of highly publicized cases, the federal government (using our tax dollars) has ridden to the rescue. Such relief is unlikely to be granted to the rest of us. That being the case, it is important for you to evaluate how your business will face the economic slow down and what, if any precautionary steps you can take.

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How Digital Technology Affects Your Business Relationships

Posted August 21, 2012 by in Articles & Publications

If you run a business today, you cannot escape the good and bad effects that come from the widespread use of digital technology. This expanding use of digital technology, such as software, the Internet, e-mail and the World Wide Web, in the operation of your business has affected your contractual relationships with your customers, suppliers, employees and independent contractors. This article looks at several different contracts with these business contacts and how the agreements can be written to address different issues which you may encounter due to your use of digital technology.

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Tips to Combat Elder Abuse at Home and In the Office

Posted June 22, 2012 by Jamie Kent Hamelburg in Articles & Publications, Business Publications

Articles featured on our site typically deal with items of a "business" nature. In the past, we've written about leases, foreclosures, intellectual property, alternative methods of resolving commercial disputes and the like. Today, however, we want to focus on a topic that is both "personal" and "business" in nature and can impact any one of us-the issue of elder abuse and ways to combat it.

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Use and Benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Posted April 27, 2012 by Daniel P. Dozier in Alternative Dispute Resolution Publications, Articles & Publications

A Statistical Summary Prepared by the Department of Justice

If anyone needs statistical evidence that ADR saves money and reduces litigation, here it is. Last year the government saved over $12 million in litigation and discovery expenses, over 14,600 days of attorney time, and avoided over 1,200 months of litigation by the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. These savings were achieved primarily through the use of mediation at a cost of under $2 million. Six dollars saved for every one dollar spent is pretty good cost/benefit ratio, if you ask me.

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