Law & Disorder

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Volume 101 - February 2015

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In this issue:

- Doing a Deal

- Contracts- Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

- Terms and Conditions- Better than Sex?

- Brothers-In-Law and the Disclosed Agent

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Paul Brennan
Editor and Author of The Law is an Ass...Make Sure it Doesn't Bite Yours!

Doing a Deal

Sam Goldwyn said “A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it is written on”. For the most part contracts do not need to be in writing but in practice he is often right.

Ideally a contract needs to contain four things:

1.       Make sure that you are making the deal with the right person. If the person has no money then if the deal goes wrong there is no point in suing. If the person does not own the car that you are buying and you give him the money then you may need to kiss goodbye to the cash...   Read More..

Contracts- Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

When is it important to have a contract in writing?

Up to about $500 most people can manage to accept that they entered into a bad deal.  With the addition of every zero this becomes more difficult.  I am not saying that people deliberately lie but it just seems that the parties to a contract dispute will divide like two football teams depending on which side their bread is buttered...

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Terms and Conditions- Better than Sex?

Writing your own terms and conditions (Ts and Cs) enables you to snooker an enemy long before you even meet.  It is like having an ace up your sleeve or answering a multi choice examination by ticking all the boxes.   
However it is sods law that whatever ones you choose, the future dispute will centre on something you did not anticipate.  So in the world of Ts and Cs “MORE” is good...

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Brothers-In-Law and the Disclosed Agent

In the real world it is not Godfathers who are the problem, it’s brothers-in-law (BIL).  When they are not trying to borrow your money, they are involving you in cockamamy business schemes.

For instance, your BIL asks you to take orders in your area for some sort of product.  You collect money from various customers and send it to your BIL. However, your BIL has miscalculated, been cheated or in any event has done something stupid, so the product does not arrive...

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Disclaimer: The content of the Law & Disorder eZine is to give you legal basics and in some instances, included unashamedly to try and make you laugh. In law, it is sometimes difficult to work out what is serious and what is just for fun. Therefore, if you plan to do anything legal, rely on your own lawyer's advice or instruct me to look at the particular facts of your case. Not only will I deny responsibility for the legal content but also for some of the jokes.

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