Category Archives: General Counsel

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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You Just Agreed to What? What you need to know about that contract you just signed…

In both our personal and professional lives, we've dealt with contracts and we'll continue dealing with them until the day we die (and a few even after we die…as eerie as that is). Some of these contracts are impossible to understand. They're filled with legal jargon and seemingly made up words. On the bright side, you're not crazy – some of these words are, indeed, made up. Heretofore to exemplify said point, the undersigned shall henceforth list examples...

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3 Things Your Business Should Learn from the IRS…

So, it looks like the IRS got caught for targeting certain groups based on political affiliations, largely conservative. And while some claim that politics had no motive, it sure looks that way. Now, the advice you take away from the IRS debacle shouldn't be that you should just avoid having "patriot" in your business' name or that you shouldn't seek non-profit status or anything like that. Instead, I think there are some good management and procedural lessons to...

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4 Lawyerly Lines Defined – Heard any of these before?

Unfortunately lawyers don't have the best reputation among the public. Frankly, the reason for this is there's a heck of a lot of bad ones. I guess technically I shouldn't say that about my 'colleagues,' but it is just a fact. On the plus side, there are even more excellent attorneys that I'm proud to call 'colleagues.' These are my role models and mentors, but these are also the ones that are a lot less fun for the...

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“ObamaCare” is going NOWHERE… Get over it and get the facts: Here’s 5 Factoids for Your Small Business

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a monster—not only in terms of its sheer size, but also for the mythical fear and panic it has provoked. I personally think it's a good description… like any good mythical monster, very few can say they've actually seen it, but many have heard about it and many are terrified by the stories they've heard. Which brings me to my point – who has actually read the text of the...

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