“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” This quote by the great Benjamin Franklin is a helpful point of reference for understanding why due diligence is so important in the purchase and sale of a business. The buyer needs to make sure he or she knows exactly what he or she is purchasing. Due diligence offers the purchaser an opportunity to get to know the seller’s company and avoid being caught off guard by an undisclosed issue after the company is acquired. If the buyer fails to take advantage of the due diligence process it is very likely… Read the rest
Yesterday the Washington Court of Appeals released an opinion providing a good example of how you can position yourself to win a contract dispute. The opinion affirmed a summary judgment awarding more than $300,000 plus fees and interest to GLV International, Inc. against American Rodsmiths, Inc. and its president Robert Scherer.
The Facts of the Case
American Rodsmiths purchased more than $300,000 in goods from GLV. American Rodsmiths then failed to pay its outstanding balance. GLV extended credit to American Rodsmiths based on a personal guaranty from the company president, Mr. Scherer.… Read the rest
It’s important to keep up-to-date on state and local regulations that govern the purchase and sale of goods within Washington state, including which sales taxes may affect your business. Washington no longer uses resale certificates; instead, it requires every business that sells goods at wholesale to apply for a reseller permit to present to vendors. Reseller permits allow you to purchase goods (or services) that you intend to resell without having to pay retail sales tax on the original purchase. If you run a business that purchases items that you are intending to resell, you… Read the rest
Two close friends decide to start a company. They agree on just about every issue, including how the business should be formed and managed. They are ready to launch, make money, and grow their idea into a sustainable business. Each partner has an equal stake in the company, and they’ve decided that each will receive equal compensation as well. They want it to be simple, no lawyers, no accountants, no additional partners, etc. You get the picture, right?
Both partners trust each other, and neither has any reason to believe that their relationship will deteriorate. What they haven’t taken into… Read the rest
The following article was written by two real estate investment brokers at Kidder Matthews. Jason Rosauer and Rob Anderson (collectively Team Rosauer) lead an investment brokerage team that specializes in property sales of office, industrial, and retail buildings, as well as land development sites throughout the West Coast. They also publish monthly market reports that detail the commercial real estate market in the greater Seattle area. The report offers an inside look at the current real estate trends around Seattle’s neighborhoods and projections for future trends. We’ve broken up the Team Rosauer September… Read the rest
As is the case with all the terms we discuss in this series, you have likely run across the term arbitration in a number of contracts. You also probably have a vague idea of what arbitration is. Today’s post will give you a better understanding of why contracts include an arbitration clause, including some of the benefits and drawbacks to using arbitration instead of the traditional litigation process.
First things first, let’s explore the definition of arbitration. Webster’s Dictionary defines arbitration as the hearing and determination of a case in controversy by an arbiter. Essentially, when… Read the rest
In this latest post in our series on understanding contract terms, we’re tackling conditions precedent. Below is the definition and explanation of how conditions precedent affect your contracts.
A condition precedent is an event which must take place before a party to a contract must perform or do their part. For example, you agree to paint a house if the owner of the house supplies the paint. Until the paint is supplied, you’re not required to (or able to) paint.
If a condition precedent does not… Read the rest
In today’s post, we continue our series on understanding contract terms. In this fourth post, we focus on the term force majeure.
Webster’s Dictionary defines force majeure as “an event or effect that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled”—for example, such as hurricane, flooding, earthquake, war, riots, etc. The term is French, and is translated to mean “superior force.”
This term is included in contracts as a way to relieve each parties’ liability or obligation when an extraordinary event occurs or circumstances arise that are beyond the control of the parties and prevent… Read the rest
In just about every contract you’ll come across, you’ll see the term severability somewhere in the last few paragraphs of the contract. It’s one of those ‘boiler plate’ clauses that most people glance right over when they’re reviewing a contract. However, the effects of this clause are worth reviewing and understanding. In today’s post, the third in our series on understanding contract terms, we explore the definition of severability, and how it may affect your business.
Last week we started a new contracts series where we explore common terms you see in various contracts and break them down so you can understand exactly what the term means, and its role in your contract. Today’s post will look into the definition of indemnification.
Webster’s Dictionary defines indemnification as “the action of indemnifying” or “the condition of being indemnified,” which is far from helpful. To indemnify is to “secure against hurt, loss, or damage.” Now we’re getting somewhere.
In simple terms, a typical indemnification clause allows you to seek reimbursement for money… Read the rest