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IS IT OKAY TO HATE MY LAWYER? SERIES CONTINUES.

terms and conditions

HAS ANYONE EVER READ THEIR “TERMS OF USE” AGREEMENTS?

Not me. Oh hated lawyer, why not? There are many reasons. One is because it makes no difference if I want their service/product. This electronic age has allowed these companies to crush us with their “adhesion” contracts. Traditionally, adhesion contracts were the type that gave you no bargaining power with the other side. Sometimes (after litigation hassles), you could challenge provisions that were overbearing. How times have changed.

IS IT OKAY TO HATE MY LAWYER? SERIES CONTINUES. Contractor/Home Builder vs. Homeowners: Now that 2008 is 'Over' Here we go Again.

homeowner, contractor

2008 (you know what I mean by 2008? The Great Recession, of course) helped weed out the builders who were financially thin, not committed to the industry and were simply not “up to snuff”; (When is the last time you heard the term “up to snuff?”)

But now, it seems like we can say… “They’re baaack.”

AM I IN A CONTRACT SITUATION?

lawyer contract

In previous posts, we discussed the concept of “legal relationships.” Please go back and review those important discussions. Yet, understanding many legal relationships requires an understanding of at least basic contract law.

Officially, there are four basic terms to the definition of a contract:

IS IT OKAY TO HATE MY LAWYER? SERIES CONTINUES DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT A StingRay IS? (HINT: NOT AN AQUATIC ANIMAL)

~~Sometimes in this BLOG series, as an attorney who cares, I sometimes leap onto my soapbox (no I do not have a soap box).  We have discussed drones.  We have discussed how lazy the law has been to keep up with the internet.  After all the years that we have had drones, it does seem crazy and lazy just now to have our legislators address “regulations” on private drones and related property rights.

IS IT OKAY TO HATE MY LAWYER? SERIES CONTINUES EMBEZZLEMENT RE-VISITED

In a previous post, we discussed how more prevalent (means more times; more of stuff; you get the picture) employee theft has become.  As the Christmas credit card bills hit your employees this January, we should again consider your risk as a business owner/ manager.

Do not entirely rely on your in-house accountant/bookkeeper.  Look at the source materials yourself!  Look at the bank statements, YES, from the bank. LOOK at the checks! Did you sign them?  Is the payee someone you intended to pay? Compare the ledger with the bank statements! 

End of Year - Remember Tax Obligations and Vigilance Over Your Business

end of year and business taxes

In a previous post, we addressed how vigilant we must be from employment theft. In one or the first posts, we also mentioned how payroll taxes are NOT an option.

Interstate Shippers: How It All Works (or does not work for consumers)

Consumer right with moving companies

THE SCENARIO

You prepare to move five states away. You have decades of belongings, many of them heir looms. To you, the value is easily $100,000.

So, you go on the internet; phone book (yes, they still make those); wherever and find the best advertised slick talking sales person for a local trucker imaginable; they tell you what great interstate truckers they are (before you are done with them, you may find a rhyming word for truckers) and they promise to treat your stuff like teddy bears. They will move your stuff; fast, safe and protect it all, or so they say.

Shipping your belongings to another state? Be Super Duper Careful

Property Liability

Are you moving?  What about your belongings? (Sometimes belongings are called personal effects and sometimes simply called s--; stuff)

How careful must you be?

Long ago, we had a consumer protection statute called the “Carmack Amendment”.  It was seemingly designed to protect consumers for loss.  If you had a loss, you could go to the primary carrier.  You did not have to do what we had to go through in the old days that was; 

CCR's: Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions

CCR's: Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions

What does all these CCR's mean?  Here is a lesson in residence and home property rules and regulations.

Do you “own” your home and yard?  Do you reside (live) in a subdivision?

When you purchased your home, did you actually read your restrictive covenants?  In many jurisdictions, these restrictions are called Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, or more commonly known as “CCRs”.

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Idaho's Corporate Code: Limited Liability Code and Non-Profit Corporations code Repealed!

Idaho Corporate Code repealed

OH NO… NOT AGAIN?!

Yes, it is true, I am back at blogging again after a two month hiatus (big word for being away.)

More importantly for you is to know that Idaho repealed its General Business Corporate Code, its Limited Liability Code and its Non-Profit Corporations Code!

Really? Technically, yes, technically no.

Actually, effective July 1, 2015, the Idaho Legislature “repealed” the existing statutes and moved them to new numbered sections.  WHY?

You don’t need to know, and you for sure do not want to know why.

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