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Purchasing Services: Things to Look for In Your Contract

Purchasing Services:  Things to Look for In Your Contract
I was reviewing a contract for a client recently that reminded me of several items I have addressed in these columns – when to call your lawyer, what to look for in a contract, the importance of not blindly signing form contracts, and how to choose the right team to address your insurance needs. It...
June 19th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

Protect your Information, Comply with the Court: Non-Party Response to Subpoenas in Civil Litigation

Protect your Information, Comply with the Court: Non-Party Response to Subpoenas in Civil Litigation
You’ve been served with a subpoena. The document looks very official. It’s signed by a judge. There’s a case name and number at the top — you are not a plaintiff or a defendant, but perhaps the plaintiff or defendant’s names are familiar to you. As far as you know, you’re not being sued....
May 15th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

What Should Legal Services Cost? A 3-Step Approach

What Should Legal Services Cost? A 3-Step Approach
In the last 10 years, there has been an enormous amount of dialogue on the cost of legal services. What does it all mean, and how do you sort through it all so that your company can spend the greatest proportion of your resources on your mission rather than legal services? First, there are a lot of absolutes...
April 17th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

Do You Have Any Idea How to Protect Your Ideas?

Do You Have Any Idea How to Protect Your Ideas?
During my career as an intellectual property attorney, I have had countless new client meetings begin with, “I have this idea…” Every entrepreneur’s first concern is to protect their ideas from others taking them and enjoying the fruits of their mental labors. And now for the bad news –...
March 20th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

To Look or not to Look: Should you Check Applicants’ Social Media Profiles During Your Hiring Process?

To Look or not to Look: Should you Check Applicants’ Social Media Profiles During Your Hiring Process?
Hiring new employees is a major investment for any business, large or small. When you hire a new employee, you understandably want to do your due diligence and find out as much as you can about your applicant. You can call his or her references or former employers, but another easy, foolproof way to...
February 20th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

Clients, Be All That You Can Be (For You)

Clients, Be All That You Can Be (For You)
I have written about what businesses should expect from your lawyers, and also about how you should expect your lawyer to go about representing you. But what should clients do? I do not mean that from the sense that clients owe certain things to their service providers. The client is the customer and...
January 16th, 2014 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

And the “Winner” Is… Terminating Ill Employees Too Quickly

And the “Winner” Is… Terminating Ill Employees Too Quickly
To my knowledge there is no award for this, but I hereby nominate the rush to terminate an employees for absences for health reasons as the most avoidable action that employers take that gets them into legal hot water. Or, if you prefer, consider this a year-end list … of one. Bill Nolan I am not saying...
December 19th, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More

2013 Employer To Do List: It’s Not Too Late!

2013 Employer To Do List: It’s Not Too Late!
About 11 months ago I suggested four low-cost, proactive steps employers should take to minimize employee-related liability. This is a good time to review how you have done with the 2013 list. The good news is that even if you have done nothing at all with respect to these measures, it is still prudent...
November 21st, 2013 | Metropreneurial Legal Insights | Read More