The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-24
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From housing and childcare to cars and household tools, many people are motivated to share resources but donit know how n or where n to start. The Sharing Solution is a practical and legal guidebook designed to help people create and maintain successful sharing arrangements while addressing commonly held concerns about liability and individual security.

Author Biography

Attorney Janelle Orsi runs a solo law practice specializing in non-profit, small business, and real estate law, focused on helping people to share resources, build community, and live more sustainably. Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney specializing in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is the author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce and the editor of many Nolo titles. Both live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Table of Contents

Your Sharing Companionp. 1
Sharing Basics
Getting Startedp. 7
What Are Your Sharing Goals?p. 9
What Can Be Shared?p. 17
The Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Sharingp. 28
Finding Sharing Partnersp. 31
Who Can I Share With?p. 32
Sharing With Your Neighborsp. 34
Sharing With Your Coworkersp. 42
Finding Sharers Onlinep. 43
Join Established Sharing Programsp. 44
20 Questions to Ask When You Sharep. 45
Why Are We Sharing?p. 49
What Are We Sharing?p. 50
Whom Are We Sharing With?p. 51
How Many People Are We Sharing With?p. 52
How Will the Timing of Our Arrangement Work?p. 53
Who Owns the Shared Items?p. 54
Should We Form a Separate Legal Entity?p. 56
What Should We Call Ourselves?p. 59
What Do We Get to Do?p. 60
How Will We Make Decisions?p. 61
What Responsibilities Will Each of Us Have?p. 61
What Are the Rules for Using Our Shared Property or Meeting Our Shared Responsibilities?p. 63
How Will We Handle Administrative Matters Like Scheduling, Communication, and Record Keeping?p. 64
How Will We Divide Expenses and Manage Money?p. 67
How Will We Manage Risk and Liability?p. 71
Are There Legal Requirements We Need to Follow?p. 74
How Will We Resolve Conflicts or Disputes?p. 75
How Will We Bring New People Into the Group?p. 75
How Can a Member Leave the Group?p. 77
How Do We End the Sharing Arrangement?p. 79
Thank You For Sharing: Communicating, Making Decisions, and Resolving Conflictp. 85
Communication Skills for Sharingp. 86
Making Decisions as a Groupp. 97
Handling Disputesp. 106
Putting Your Arrangement in Writingp. 117
The Benefits of a Written Agreementp. 118
Documents Your Group Might Needp. 120
Preparing Your Documentsp. 123
Getting Legal Assistancep. 131
Sharing Solutions
Sharing Housingp. 135
Identify Your Housing Needsp. 138
Legal Issues to Consider When Sharing a Homep. 139
The Co-Owned Housep. 148
The Retrofit Housep. 155
The Group Rental Housep. 161
The Shared Vacation Homep. 167
Cohousingp. 173
Casual Cohousingp. 179
The Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Shared Housingp. 187
Sharing Household Goods, Purchases, Tasks, and Spacep. 189
Share Household Itemsp. 190
Purchase Supplies and Goods Togetherp. 207
Share Services and Utilitiesp. 212
Form a Work Group for Home Projectsp. 216
Share a Yardp. 226
The Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Sharing Household Goods, Purchases, Tasks and Spacep. 231
Sharing Foodp. 233
Share Mealsp. 238
Buy Food Togetherp. 246
Community Fruit Tree Harvestsp. 249
Shared and Community Gardensp. 256
Community-Supported Agriculturep. 263
The Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Sharing Foodp. 268
Sharing Care for Children, Family, and Petsp. 271
Issues to Consider When Sharing Carep. 273
Form a Community Babysitting Cooperativep. 276
Join a Cooperative Nursery or Schoolp. 284
Share an In-Home Nannyp. 287
Start a Carpoolp. 293
Share an In-Home Care Provider With Another Elder or Adult With Disabilitiesp. 298
Share Caregiving Responsibilities With Another Familyp. 303
Share Dog Walkingp. 306
Share Pet Carep. 308
Your Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Sharing Family Carep. 310
Sharing Transportationp. 313
Share a Car With One or Two Peoplep. 318
Start a Small Carsharing Club or Programp. 333
Start a Carpoolp. 343
Share a Ridep. 351
Share a Bicyclep. 355
Your Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Sharing Transportationp. 358
Sharing at Workp. 361
Share Work Spacep. 363
Share Business-Related Equipment and Purchasesp. 376
Sharing Employeesp. 380
Share a Jobp. 386
Sharing Things With Coworkersp. 390
Sharing Ownership With Employeesp. 396
Your Triple Bottom Line: The Benefits of Sharing at Workp. 400
Resourcesp. 403
Resources on Sustainable Communities and Living Greenp. 405
Community Building Resourcesp. 407
Legal Resources from Nolop. 407
Resources on Communication, Decision Making, and Conflict Resolutionp. 407
Resources on Shared Housingp. 409
Resources on Sharing Household Goods, Purchases, Tasks, and Spacep. 412
Resources on Sharing Foodp. 413
Resources on Sharing Carep. 417
Transportation Resourcesp. 417
Resources on Work and Sharingp. 418
Formsp. 421
Money and Property Worksheet
Time and Efficiency Worksheet
Environmental Worksheet
Community Building Worksheet
Getting Help Worksheet
What Could I Share?
Neighbor Questionnaire
Checklist for Discussing the 20 Questions
Communication Checklist
Worksheet: Rate Your Housing Priorities
Goods to Lend and Borrow
Home Improvement Group: Tools and Skills Assessment
Diet Preferences for Mealsharing
Fruit Harvest Agreement
Information Sheet for Children's Carpool
Worksheet: Annual Car Expenses
Information Sheet for Carpool Members
Worksheet: Work Expenses to Consider Sharing
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