096 – 5 Tips to Avoid Litigation

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In Show 096 – 5 Tips to Avoid Litigation originally broadcast on Facebook Live on Monday 4 June 2018 we explore this interesting topic.

Show Notes

It’s a new month and that means it’s time to start a new phase of the Business Legal Lifecycle.  This month we will be talking about Phase 10: Litigation and Dispute Resolution.  No matter how well you run you business you are going to have to deal with disputes and the courts at some point.  Today,  we wanted to offer five tips to avoid litigation.

1. Communication

Ignoring something in the hope that it will just go away is not the best strategy. Communicate with the other party and address what they are requesting in a straight-forward way.

2. Principle

One of the first things you learn in law school is that pursuing litigation over the principle of a matter only makes lawyers rich.  Don’t pursue litigation over just the Principle.

3. Other point of view

There’s quite a few things to think about here.  You’re buying the intellectual property of a franchisor and their systems and processes.  You’re also going to be paying royalties over a set period of time.  You need to speak with your accountant and financial planner to make sure you can afford it.

4. Put things in writing

It’s so crucial to put everything in writing.  Especially anything that might turn into a dispute.  A judge will very heavily favour the party that has commited important conversations to paper.

5. Reading the agreement

So often a misunderstanding between two parties hinges on the contract.  Everyone needs to have read and understood what they have signed.

More about this Show

We started Business Legal Lifecycle to create a simple way for you to understand complex legal terms.  Most importantly we want to help you to develop a plan to take your business successfully into the future.  There’s a startling statistic the underscores the importance of developing a solid plan.  The majority of business owners are just seven months away from losing everything.  A single aspect of your business that is not set-up correctly can shut down your whole operation very quickly.   Legal advice is not cheap and even when you can afford it there is often a divide between lawyers and their clients.  We want to close that gap once and for all.  We want to put legal knowledge and tools into your hand to prevent the worst from happening to you.

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