Doing the Due Diligence

Guess what often increases in the fourth quarter of every year? Buying and selling of businesses. Guess what else can increase during a recession? Yup, buying and selling of businesses. The first trend is not a surprise. You can close at the end of the calendar year, which is also the end of many a … Read more

The Anatomy of a Non-Disclosure Agreement

Last week we posted a video about Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA/s) and how a common mistake in their drafting could put your Company’s trade secrets at risk. Now, we’re following up with this blog post to point out the key provisions to keep an eye out for. Remember: Trade Secrets are protected by statute and can … Read more

Paper Beats Paper?

Somewhere at the bottom of most agreements is a clause that looks something like this: Entire Agreement:  This Agreement and the Exhibits and Attachments referred to in this Agreement contain the entire understanding of the Parties with regard to the subject matter contained in this Agreement and supersede all prior written or oral agreements, understandings … Read more

“Its” Mystery Is Solved

  I get this question probably once a year: What does I T S mean under my signature on the contract? They are looking at the signature block at the end of an agreement and see this: SELLER: By:_______________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Its:_______________________________________ Yeah, right there. I T S, otherwise, better known as “its,” the possessive … Read more

Swing Your Counterpart Round and Round

Here with another post to demystify contracts, today we discuss counterparts.  In a common provision, we see something like: Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, all of which taken together shall constitute the same agreement. In first grade, we learned to figure out new words using context.  Great.  Context here is that uh, … Read more

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