Category Archives: Contracts

KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO ASK FOR HELP

Although I am an attorney, I have always enjoyed tinkering with manual labor trades. Thanks to my late father, I have a pretty expansive working knowledge of painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, sheet rocking, taping and many other fields. Although he was very mechanically inclined, he never did any of his own car repairs. I do…. Read More »

RENT-TO-OWN: A Misnomer of an Old Practice

With the current conservative lending attitude, buyers and sellers are looking for other alternatives to buy and sell property. This concept of Rent-to-Own seems to be taking root. Rent-to-Own infers that by renting a property you can subsequently become the owner which was similar to an old practice called an Installment Sales Contract that has… Read More »

COMMERCIAL LEASES – Important Considerations For Tenants

For many small business owners, one of the first major transactions as they grow or transition from a home-based business is signing a lease as a tenant for commercial space for their growing business. All too often, a new commercial tenant will not scrutinize the proposed lease as carefully as they should before signing it,… Read More »

WHY DO I NEED A LEASE?

Whether you are the tenant or the landlord, if you are renting a unit, commercial or residential, you are strongly advised to have a lease. A lease is nothing more than a contract between the landlord and the tenant. It sets forth at least the basic terms of your agreement including the rental amount, security… Read More »

CRUISE SHIP INJURIES AND THE “CRUISE CONTRACT”

If the release of this blog goes according to schedule, as you’re reading it I am sitting on the Lido deck of the ms Veendam, enjoying a cocktail and celebrating my 35th wedding anniversary with my wife, along with our children and their respective spouses.  A family vacation that is long overdue and I would… Read More »

CARE CONTRACTS: Paying Children for Caring for their Parents

A Care Contract is a valid agreement, preferably in writing, between a person, usually Mom or Dad who may need Medicaid(Title XIX )in the foreseeable future and others, usually children, who will provide the care.  The contract generally provides that Mom, for example, is going to need some assistance due to a decline in health. … Read More »

DO I NEED A MUNICIPAL SEARCH OR A BUILDING DEPARTMENT SEARCH WHEN PURCHASING A HOME?

When purchasing a home, it is always necessary to have a title search performed of the town land records to verify ownership, and to insure that any existing mortgages, liens or taxes are paid, so that you receive clear title. One of the tasks of the buyer’s attorney in a residential home purchase transaction is… Read More »

NOTARY CLOSINGS, A BAD CONCEPT!

Notary closings are usually performed in refinance transactions. Your lender will send all the closing documents to a Notary Public (Notary Service) who will schedule a time to come meet you and have you sign the documents. It sounds simple, convenient and there are no attorney’s fees. That’s a win, win, win…right? Wrong. FIRST, a… Read More »

HOMECARE PROVIDER PITFALLS

As our parents and relatives get older, we are all faced with affordable homecare/companion decisions. Many try to accommodate a loved one’s desire to remain home and limit “strangers” in their home. To that end, many people hire relatives, friends and/or neighbors to fill the gaps in the care coverage that one needs and these… Read More »

ANOTHER BLOW AGAINST MANDATORY CONSUMER ARBITRATION

As we have previously discussed in BE(A)WARE OF CONSUMER ARBITRATION CLAUSES consumer arbitration is coming under increasing attack as a dispute resolution mechanism. The federal agency that controls Medicare and Medicaid funding recently banned the use of mandatory arbitration for the resolution of disputes between nursing homes and their residents, further calling into question the… Read More »

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