Controlling Legal Costs With Fixed Fee and Retainer Agreements

Looking out my window, there are two black tupelo trees, each rather non-descript and scraggly – not much to look at. But come the later part of September, these two trees provide a brilliant show of bright red color on branches that seem almost invisible, suspending the foliage in a sort of anti-gravity display. They

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Apple’s New Ping Service – Not Yet Ready for Prime Time?

Security Concerns Reported On Apple’s Latest Music Software. I have a love-hate relationship with Apple and their products. I love the iPhone. My wife has one and we use it constantly when we’re out and about as our “internet on the go” – searching for restaurants and cheap gas, checking weather and news reports and

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Don’t be Eclipsed by the Hype – 5 Things You Should Know Before Renting Out That Spare Bedroom

In just a few days, half the country will experience a total eclipse of the sun. There is much excitement and nervousness in towns from Oregon to Georgia. People everywhere are travelling to the totality zone to catch a peak. Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and most camp sites have long waitlists; so naturally, many people who

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Share Your Space – “Get Out of My Face!” The Importance of Roommate Agreements

One of the difficulties faced by young people, especially those in our pricier urban areas, is finding an affordable place to live. It’s a natural and inevitable reaction to seek out roommates or housemates to share the expense. With every relationship, there is the potential for conflicts and problems. In the case of roommates, this

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Offers to Purchase Real Estate – Protect Your Deposit and the Deal

Are you shopping for a new home or condominium? Are you selling? Have you made or accepted an offer yet? No doubt you were asked to sign a standard offer form that brokers commonly use when you’re ready to get to business. Here in Eastern Massachusetts, very commonly the brokers use the Greater Boston Real

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Six Things You Must Do When You Start Your Own Business – Where LegalZoom, RocketLawyer And Other “Low Cost” Formation Websites Fall Short

Thanks to the Internet, starting a new business doesn’t have to be an ordeal. There are many websites, like LegalZoom and RocketLawyer that will guide you through the process of incorporating or filing an LLC. But is that enough? Hardly. A primary purpose of filing is to protect you from claims against your personal property

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Get Paid in Full and On Time – Five Essential Terms to Include in Your Contracts

As a small business owner, you depend on prompt payment for your success. So often I find that collection problems are directly related to misunderstandings about what is expected of each party. Written contracts help avoid confusion, document the understandings, establish trust and elevate you to a more professional level. Your contract does not need

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Arbitration Clauses in Business Agreements – The Dark Side

I used to believe, naïvely perhaps, that arbitration was a sensible way to resolve business disputes. I bought into the hype that arbitration would be resolved more quickly and in a more cost-effective manner than traditional litigation. I was also impressed by the promise that so-called experts would be resolving the cases rather than judges

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Identity Theft Protection – As Easy As Changing Your Oil?

Do you change your own oil? Most of us are capable of performing this simple maintenance on our vehicles, but we choose not to. After all, it is messy work, requires a few specialized tools, and disposing of used oil can be a hassle. To boot, the cost of an oil change at the local

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The Worst Mistake a Landlord Can Make

There are many ways in which landlords can cross the line and get into serious trouble with their tenants, but perhaps the easiest is by misappropriating their security deposit. The security deposit belongs to the tenant, not the landlord. Period. End of story. Yes, the landlord may be entitled to retain the security deposit at

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