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Do It Yourself Contracts – Who’s in Charge?

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

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?

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

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

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

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?

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

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?

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

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.”

 

Virginia – Top State for Business for 2011

By: David Carroll.

  Virginia has topped the charts as the number one state in the nation for doing business according to CNBC.  When it awarded Virginia first place this year, CNBC remarked:  “we are starting to detect a pattern here.”  This is the second time that Virginia has run away with the award for top state for [...]

 

Google and Facebook Hit Privacy Wall

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

Oh when will they ever learn? (Pete Seeger – Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Copyright 1961 (renewed) Fall River Music Inc. It seems that internet and social media titans Google and Facebook have once again, to no one’s surprise, gotten themselves in some hot water with the FTC and some privacy watchdogs again. They [...]

 

Grand Rapids’ Answer to a Bleak Economic Outlook: Viral Video

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

Guest post by Erin McNeill  NPR recently did a story about Grand Rapids, Michigan’s inspiring response to a Newsweek article listing Grand Rapids as one of America’s “dying cities” with a “bleak” economic outlook. Many small and medium business owners can empathize with what the people of Grand Rapids felt in the face of such [...]

 

The Fine Line Between Trademark Policing and Bullying

By: Donna Ray Berkelhammer.

The trademark geeks lawyers at Sands Anderson have been debating how far a company should go to “police” its trademarks.  Entrepreneur Media  (publisher of Entrepreneur magazine and owner of Entrepreneur.com) got us thinking about it:  in attempts to protect its Entrepreneur brand, it sent cease and desist letters to EntrepreneurOlogy.com for workshops, EntrepreneurPR, a firm [...]

 

How Can I Talk to My Lawyer about Alternative Fees

By: Thomas L. Bowden, Sr.

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.”