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Is Your Landlord an Ass? What can you do?

If you're a lucky renter, you have a landlord that does more than just cash checks. If you're lucky, he or she also maintains the property and addresses your concerns in a timely manner. He doesn't make threats and he doesn't make accusations (assuming, of course, said problems aren't due to something stupid you did). However, unfortunately, many renters aren't so lucky and are stuck with lazy landlords, negligent landlords, or just outright slum lords.

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How to Properly Break a Contract

When you're in business, you have contracts. If you don't, you're probably doing something wrong. More importantly, when you enter contracts, you intend to keep your side of that contract and you surely expect the other side to keep its end of that promise. However, business is money and money drives decisions. That's why there are no punitive damages for breaking a contract. That said, you should consider the consequences because there likely are going to be consequential...

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How a good business plan can keep your money in your pocket (and out of your lawyer’s…)

Business plans are tedious, time-consuming, and ever-evolving. And sadly, they are rarely read…even by the creator. When we meet with a new client, no matter what the reason for their visit, we will ask if they have a business plan. More often than we'd like to mention, we are met with puzzled looks and dismissive answers. Basically – 'what does that have to do with anything? I'm in here for x, y, or z lawsuit.' Well, here's the...

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The Business Divorce – Who Gets the Kids?

Just like a newlywed couple, you and your business partners never go into a venture expecting it will end. Instead, the business starts with excitement and dreams of success. Sure, the statistics say you're likely to fail, but that won't ever happen to you, right? Here's the problem – it does happen. And it happens a lot... More importantly, in a business divorce, it may not even happen because the business failed. In fact, sometimes it happens because...

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How Your Lawyer is Screwing You…

Well, to start, don't get too excited – lawyers actually have a professional responsibility not to sleep with clients (with loopholes, of course). This post is more about seeing the inside of what you're paying for when you write that check. The legal industry is in a bit of a tail spin… that is, on the top, Big Law is attempting to find new ways to screw big business into higher retainers, while smaller law firms are screwing smaller clients...

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