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5 tips to prevent a mechanic's lien on your construction project

You have a lot to worry about overseeing a construction project. The last thing you need is to end up with a mechanic's lien on your property. A mechanic's lien is a claim against your property for an unpaid invoice to a contractor, material supplier, subcontractor, or laborer. A lien can happen if your general contractor fails to pay one of the other providers. Here are five tips to help you prevent a mechanic's lien. 

What Does a Lawyer Do All Day?

Do You Know What Your Lawyer Does With Their Time?

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Many people think that the job of a lawyer is to perform litigation all day and yell "objection!" over and over. This is the TV trope that has driven a lot of misinformation about what a lawyer is and what they do. If you want to know the real deal about a lawyer does, whether it be because you want to be a lawyer yourself, or you just want to make sure that you're not paying too much for a lawyer, we have the lowdown for you. Here's a brief description about what a lawyer does with their schedule that's not all about yelling at a judge (which by the way, is a crazy no-no in the industry.)

If You're Experiencing Any of These Common Partnership Disputes, Hire a Business Lawyer Immediately

bylaws.2e16d0ba.fill-1140x400.jpgThere are nearly 28 million small businesses in the U.S., and it's no secret that commercial laws and bylaws can be exceedingly complex. And things only get more complicated when you get into a partnership dispute that could impact your company's future if not handled correctly. Here are just a few examples of commercial disputes involving partnerships that are typically best handled with the help and experience of client-focused business lawyers.

Answering Common Questions About Fraud and Embezzlement

business_lawyer.2e16d0ba.fill-1140x400.jpgWe've discussed some of the most common types of business partnership disputes: breaches of contracts, violations of non compete agreements, breaches of fiduciary duties, misuse of trade secrets, minority owner rights disputes, and embezzlement. While these are all considered crimes, embezzlement is a crime that can and typically does result in jail time. Let's answer some of the most common questions about embezzlement in regards to business partnership disputes:

Real Estate Attorneys: Your Questions, Answered

advice.2e16d0ba.fill-1140x400.jpgAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, there were 603,310 real estate lawyers in the United States. Many people seem to think that real estate attorneys assist solely with real estate transactions. While this is partially true, there are plenty of other services and types of advice that an experienced real estate lawyer can provide. Here's a quick FAQ about real estate attorneys to help you understand their wide range of services and expertise.

Don't Fall for These Misleading Misconceptions About Commercial Disputes and Arbitration

commercialdispute.2e16d0ba.fill-1140x400.jpgThere are nearly 28 million small businesses in the United States, and it's not uncommon for commercial disputes to arise within one or more businesses that require proper mediation with a corporate law firm. That being said, before you enter the commercial dispute process, it's important to be aware of the facts. Don't let yourself fall victim to these common myths about partnership disputes and other types of commercial litigation. 

Does Your Startup Need Corporate Lawyers? Here's How to Tell

corporatelawyers.2e16d0ba.fill-1140x400.jpgAccording to the BizBuySell.com Insight Report, 7,842 small businesses were sold in 2016. And whether you've recently bought a business or started one of your very own, it's important to understand the role corporate lawyers play when it comes to ensuring your business's legal operation and success. If you're not sure whether or not your startup is in need of corporate lawyers, there are a few common reasons to work with them. Here are just a few of the most common reasons to hire a team of corporate lawyers. 

Working With a Trust Attorney: Your Questions, Answered

trustattorney.2e16d0ba.fill-1140x400.jpgAn estimated 55% to 70% of Americans don't have an estate plan or even a simple will. That being said, many people with large estates or complex financial assets hire a trust attorney to ensure a neutral third party asset control and distribution. Before you decide that it's time for you to hire a trust attorney, however, it's important to know the facts about their legal area of expertise. Here's a quick FAQ to help you understand the basics about what a wills and trusts lawyer can do.

3 Surefire Signs That A Business Dispute Will Lead to Litigation

businesslitigation.2e16d0ba.fill-1140x400.jpgAnybody who has ever been involved in the business litigation process knows that it can be time-consuming and incredibly stressful. While not all business disputes lead to litigation, it can be helpful to be able to recognize the signs that your dispute may, in fact, be headed toward this option. Here are just a few signs that indicate that your business dispute could lead to litigation.

Unclear or poorly drafted contracts First, one major sign that litigation is on the horizon is when any contracts or paperwork involved is written or worded in an unclear manner. Even small discrepancies can alter the way a contract is perceived and what it's actually meant to entail. More often than not, this may actually be the cause for the dispute in the first place. But there are 1,315,561 lawyers in the United States, and In any case, you can resolve disagreements and other legal issues by consulting an experienced corporate lawyer.

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