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How to prevent contract disputes

Business is a passion for you, and sometimes in order to keep that passion afloat and thriving, contractors come into play. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to business contracts, it’s important to make sure that all the details are laid out explicitly. After all, miscommunication breeds arguments. Arguments then create contract disputes, and before you know it, a cordial business relationship gets ugly.

While no tips guarantee total avoidance of contract disputes, there are efforts you can make to keep things as business professional as possible.

What requirements must I meet to sue for legal malpractice?

An attorney may be accused of malpractice if they take on a case although they're incompetent to do. The same outcome may result if they're negligent in handling a case that they agree to take on.

Most lawyers who ultimately get sued for malpractice do so because they fail to meet filing deadlines or request a client's consent. Others do so because they're ill-informed of or incorrectly apply case law. If you've compiled enough evidence of your attorney's negligence, then you may be able to file a lawsuit against them.

How do I join a class-action lawsuit?

If you think that an issue such as a medication recall or workplace discrimination that has impacted you has affected others, then it likely has. Individuals often join class-action lawsuits to share litigation costs associated with holding negligent parties accountable for their actions.

One of the first steps that you should take to find others who have faced a similar fate to you is to consult with a class action attorney. They'll look to see if a suit has been filed. If it has been, then they'll find out when the notice period went into effect. If the attorneys who've filed the case are still advertising for class members, then they'll put you in contact with the necessary party to the join the suit.

Two reasons corporation shareholders sue

Shareholders, it’s often said, are ultimately the owners of a corporation, so it might seem odd that they’d ever file a lawsuit against that corporation or their fellow shareholders.

Still, such legal disputes between shareholders are surprisingly common. Lawsuits involving corporate finances are notoriously complex, but here are two simplified examples to help illustrate why such lawsuits happen.

Does your situation rise to the level of legal malpractice?

We all have the capacity to make mistakes in our jobs -- even attorneys. When does that error rise to the level of legal malpractice?

Several factors go into determining whether a client should sue a lawyer for malpractice. They start with three basics.

What you need to know about intellectual property laws

As an entrepreneur setting up your business, you undoubtedly have amazing ideas that you've been thinking about for years having to do with your product, your logo and your slogan. You can't wait to put it all into place.

But before you do, it's best to make sure you haven't violated the intellectual property rights belonging to another business.

Court: Massachusetts family may pursue legal malpractice claim

A Massachusetts law firm is back in the news, now that the state's Court of Appeals has ruled that a legal malpractice case against the firm can go forward.

The head of the Gloucester law firm and one of its attorneys have been named in the claim from a man who contends the lawyers failed to settle for adequate compensation when his brother suffered serious injuries in a marine construction accident in 2008.

Owning a franchise has benefits, but problems can arise

Entrepreneurs who want to run their own business might prefer buying a franchise instead of starting their own companies.

Franchises offer numerous benefits: a proven blueprint to follow to run a successful business, brand recognition, a better chance of success, help with marketing and training support.

Clients suffer when law firms behave greedily

You attorney is supposed to be your advocate and someone who gives you the edge in a court room. Many people hire an attorney when they are facing legal trouble and need expert guidance to resolve the situation as favorably as possible. When your attorney takes advantage of your vulnerability, it you and the law firm’s reputation.

This is what happened in New Jersey following a ruling in a class action lawsuit over pelvic mesh that affected thousands and thousands of women. These women have now filed a lawsuit against their attorneys for breach of fiduciary duty and negligence, alleging that their attorneys charged fees above the legal limit and took on too many cases to manage.

Not being properly paid? You could have a class-action lawsuit

If your employer is keeping you on the job but not paying you overtime, if you're not being paid your state's minimum wage or if you're not receiving meal breaks, you could have a case of violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

At your company, you're probably not the only one. That's where a class-action suit comes into play.

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