Contracts

One of the most important functions of any contract is identifying and managing risk. Most people prefer to avoid confrontation. With conflict avoidance comes a reluctance to address what could go wrong that could possibly ruin a relationship. But, identifying and managing the risk is...

One of the things I hate most about contracts is legalese. I have few other videos about legalese which you can see here, here, and here. But one of the categories of legalese is the words like "herein" and similar words that no one uses outside...

Here is another geeky contract term that a lot of people don’t understand, yet it has important implications if there is ever a dispute between the parties to a contract. The geeky contract term for this week is the Integration Clause. The Integration Clause (or...

One of my clients Colleen Gratzer hosts a podcast called Design Domination. Colleen asked me to help explain some legal matters related to design and the creative business. You can listen to our conversation or read the transcript (if that is your thing). Also, if you are in the...

Today, I want to talk about geeky contract terms that people often ignore: Governing Law, Jurisdiction, and Venue. These terms usually appear in the boilerplate of a contract, and I group these three subjects together because they revolve around one similar concept: What are going...

Having spent several years in litigation practice, day in and day out all I dealt with were partners who were suing or being sued. I concluded that while litigation is an important part of the American legal system, it is also very wasteful. It is...

Why are contracts so complicated? You know you hate the complicated contract. This is the first in a two-post exploration of some of the reasons why contracts have gotten so complicated. First, a quick caveat: contract language can be complicated if the deal itself is complicated....

For a while, I have been talking here and in other places, about the need for honesty in contract language, about using contract language that generates trust, and about respecting the other party to the contract. Along these lines is the issue of parity in...

One of the most common pieces of advice I give to clients regarding contracts is that it is better to have no contract at all than to have a contract that no one follows. If there is a dispute in a courtroom, it might be...