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Is that legal?

As attorneys, we sometimes get asked this broad open-ended question in a variety of contexts. Often the answer is equally broad, such as “It depends”. Let’s take just one example of how this question recently came up. I represent a number of clients who provide various consulting services. Just like attorneys, they need to enter [...]

 

How to simplify and improve any contract

You get an agreement from a new vendor. You start to read it and your eyes glaze over. “In the event that….provided, however,…..including but not limited to…… For the avoidance of doubt……….” And on and on it goes. What gobbledygook. Of course this stuff is hard to read! So is quantum physics, but that’s because [...]

 

Do It Yourself Contracts – Who’s in Charge?

In previous posts we’ve dealt with “boilerplate” clauses such as waiver, jurisdiction and venue, and integration. Today we will talk about two related clauses: the “assignment” clause and the “binding effect” clause.

 

Do It Yourself Contracts – What’s a Waiver?

We’ve been talking the past few posts about boilerplate language in contracts. This standardized language that falls towards the end of almost all contract documents might seem to be excessive and pointless, especially when you’re trying to do the writing yourself.

 

Equity Concepts and Client Service

One of our good business clients, Equity Concepts, based in Henrico, VA, is  celebrating their 20th anniversary. Sands Anderson’s Tom Ebel, recently spent some time talking with Michael Thaler, president of Equity Concepts, about their success and our relationship.

 

Do It Yourself Contracts – What’s the Risk?

In the last post we talked about boilerplate clauses, specifically, the “integration clause.” There are lots of other boilerplate sections that might seem to just be boring and unnecessary text, something you might drop if you didn’t know why they exist. Let’s look at two more. Example one is the jurisdiction and choice of law clause. [...]

 

Do It Yourself Contracts – Is Boilerplate Necessary?

Ever heard someone say, when reviewing a contract with you, “that’s just boilerplate, don’t worry about it…” ? Maybe you and a customer considered saving some money by drafting your own agreement and decided to skip all that “boilerplate.”

 

How Can I Talk to My Lawyer about Alternative Fees

The resolving recession may have some permanent effects.  One good thing is the willingness of more law firms to negotiate fee arrangements that do not focus on the billable hour, frequently referred to as Alternative Fee Arrangements, or “AFAs.”