9781932841121

Your Lawyer: An Owner's Manual A Business Owner's Guide to Managing Your Lawyer

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    9781932841121

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    1932841121

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-01-27
  • Publisher: Agate B2
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Summary

Your Lawyer: An Owner's Manual is a brass-tacks insider's guide to finding, managing, and motivating attorneys. Effective legal service is essential to running a business, and business owners will get higher-quality legal service if they become smarter consumers.

Table of Contents

Part I: Dealing With Lawyers
What Is This Book About?
3(5)
Some of My Best Friends Are . . .
6(1)
We Are Highly Trained Professionals, or, Don't Try This at Home
6(2)
Why Hire a Lawyer?
8(18)
The Canoe at the Waterfall
9(2)
What Do Lawyers Do?
11(15)
The Discovery, Care, and Feeding of a Good Lawyer
26(32)
The Two Kinds of Clients
27(5)
The Three Kinds of Lawyers
32(2)
What Are Lawyers' Motivations?
34(1)
Pick the Right Qualities
35(8)
If You Are Not Part of the Solution, You Will Be Part of the Problem
43(4)
How to Spot Undesirable Legal Advice
47(4)
How to Deal with a Problem Lawyer
51(1)
A Few Words on Paying Legal Fees
52(1)
The Myth of Lower Hourly Fees
53(1)
How Much Should You Pay Your Lawyer?
54(4)
Litigation and Compromise--It's Not About Justice, It's About Dollars
58(22)
Readjust Your Concept
58(3)
Don't Let a Lawsuit Turn Your World Upside Down
61(1)
Risk---The Ever-Changing Calculation
62(1)
Don't Create Meaningless Metaphors
63(1)
Don't Kill the Messenger
64(1)
Trials---Hardly an Exact Science
65(2)
Settlements Are Not Losses
67(1)
A Simple Guide to Successful Settlements
68(10)
When to Settle?
78(2)
Managing Lawyers During Contract Negotiations
80(19)
Some Do's of Negotiations
83(2)
Some Don't's of Negotiations
85(4)
Good Lawyers Can Help
89(2)
You Need to Be a Good Manager
91(2)
Words Can Hurt
93(2)
Negotiations Are Educational
95(2)
Act Like the Boss
97(2)
Ten Great Ways to Get More from Your Lawyer for Less: A Review
99(8)
Part II: Family Business Issues
The Family Business
107(16)
The Value of Business Advisers
107(2)
Problems With a Family Member Owner/Employee
109(2)
Why Buy Out a Shareholder with No Right to Be Bought Out?
111(2)
Dealing with Unhappy Shareholders---The Virtues of Liquidity Agreements
113(2)
Prenuptial Agreements---Shortcomings and Alternatives
115(5)
Twelve Great Reasons to Have an Advisory Board
120(1)
Six Types of Board Members to Avoid
121(2)
Minority Shareholders' Rights
123(20)
The Myths
124(5)
The Best Solution---Talk Out the Problem and Resolve It Fairly
129(1)
When Talking Fails
130(9)
Can These Situations Be Avoided?
139(4)
Estate Planning---Some Forgotten Goals
143(18)
First, Do No Harm
145(4)
The Basics
149(3)
The Language
152(2)
Trusts
154(3)
The Sophisticated Course
157(4)
Appendix The Lawyer's Language: A Common English Guide to Basic Legal Terms and Concepts
161(1)
Ownership and Governance Terms
161(3)
Finance Terms
164(2)
Lending Terms
166(1)
Family Business Contract Terms
167(2)
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Terms
169(16)
Enforcement of a Judgment or Other Court Order
185

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