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Family Dramatics-extreme wealth distribution and the law

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As E.W. Howe said “There are very few grave legal questions in a poor man’s estate”.  But add even a little money and any family can become the stage for some stellar and demanding performances from its members.  Often the indolent, gin swilling, shopperholic daughter-in-law who must be kept away from the wonderful son’s inheritance can become in time the saintly mother who sacrifices all for her own children and deserves every penny.  The death of her husband may launch her into a new marriage and the role of hated money grabbing step mother, only for her new husband to die and for her to inherit everything leaving his children without an inheritance.  But, her loneliness throws her into the arms of a chancer and she becomes the fear driven widow who is about to be taken for a ride by a man who through some quirk of law could leave her money to his own children. Meanwhile, the men of the family not only have to play opposite a multiplicity of female roles they can equally progress fro

Restraint Of Trade Watchouts

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  In collaboration with the Business Essentials Daily podcast we present   THE 10 GREATEST LEGAL MISTAKES IN BUSINESS. ..and how to avoid them Series  Episode 4 :   Restraint of Trade Watchouts You may also be interested in Showing some restraint  or one of the  other Episodes in this series  The Business Essentials Daily podcast features interviews with business experts and industry leaders, providing up-to-date, insightful advice on wide-ranging topics, including winning sales strategies, HR issues, mental health and leadership including the Ten Greatest Legal Mistakes in Business Series. If you have a legal issue call a lawyer.   Paul Brennan   can be contacted on 617 5438 8199   SPONSORED BY

Avoiding Disaster when Buying a Business

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  In collaboration with the Business Essentials Daily podcast we present   THE 10 GREATEST LEGAL MISTAKES IN BUSINESS. ..and how to avoid them Series  Episode 3 :   Avoiding Disaster when Buying a Business  You may also be interested in  Breaking up is hard to do   or one of the  other Episodes in this series  The Business Essentials Daily podcast features interviews with business experts and industry leaders, providing up-to-date, insightful advice on wide-ranging topics, including winning sales strategies, HR issues, mental health and leadership including the Ten Greatest Legal Mistakes in Business Series. If you have a legal issue call a lawyer.   Paul Brennan   can be contacted on 617 5438 8199   SPONSORED BY

Fights With Members Of Your Club or Association

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Club membership has so much more to offer than a game of tennis, bowls or a few social drinks.  Add to that intrigue, gossip, conflict, the cut and thrust of the committee meeting which spills over to the AGM and it can be all out war.    You may not know the club rules back to front.  Nonetheless, every committee member and any member being disciplined should know the Law of Natural Justice which has two basic rules:     Rule 1 -  No bias.   Even the most hardnosed committee should be using words like “we want to listen to your side”, “we want to be fair to you” or “have you anything else to say” before finding an accused member guilty as charged.  Punching the air and other expressions of joy at an exclusion or suspension is behaviour that committee members should try to avoid. Rule 2 -  Every person is entitled to a fair hearing.   This means that the accused member is to be given reasonable notice of the hearing and written details of the allegations in advance.    In these two rul

Taking the Pain out of Partnership Disputes

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In collaboration with the Business Essentials Daily podcast we present   THE 10 GREATEST LEGAL MISTAKES IN BUSINESS. ..and how to avoid them Series  Episode 2 :   Taking the Pain out of Partnership Disputes You may also be interested in  Breaking up is hard to do   or one of the  other Episodes in this series  The Business Essentials Daily podcast features interviews with business experts and industry leaders, providing up-to-date, insightful advice on wide-ranging topics, including winning sales strategies, HR issues, mental health and leadership including the Ten Greatest Legal Mistakes in Business Series. If you have a legal issue call a lawyer.   Paul Brennan   can be contacted on 617 5438 8199   SPONSORED BY

Fights With Your Neighbours

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You have the house, wife, two kids and car and are living the modern dream. What new frontiers can you, the red blooded male conquer but those which abut your own garden? As people live closer and closer together, neighbour disputes become increasingly common.  Dogs, children, fences, wives, noise etc., there is plenty to disagree about.  You may find The Art of War to be particularly useful in this instance.  It basically concerns neighbourhood disputes in Ancient China. It offers practical advice such as the “Object of War is Peace” especially useful in considering reprisals against a brainless neighbour. You may also find it useful to note that, like some judges, the police can be swayed by a well presented case, particularly when it comes to neighbour disputes. But how do you put together a well presented case?  Well, one person’s word against another’s is not really good enough.  What you need are independent witnesses (not relatives).  Most families have video cameras. Use them. 

THE 10 GREATEST LEGAL MISTAKES IN BUSINESS...and how to avoid them

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In collaboration with the Business Essentials Daily podcast we present   THE 10 GREATEST LEGAL MISTAKES IN BUSINESS. ..and how to avoid them Series  Episode 1 :   The Ten Greatest Legal Mistakes in Business It is difficult for even the most creative business person to commit entirely new legal mistakes. They've all been done before - many, many times. Often people wait until they are desperate before they see a lawyer about a legal problem - this just seems to be human nature. But you don't need to learn the hard way. You can avoid legal mistakes if you know what is coming. “Good common sense advice on how to avoid costly mistakes”    Bob Ansett "A fantastic way to learn the tricks and traps in the law. Paul’s succinct yet humorous delivery makes a hard subject easy to understand - and the eBook is a fabulous resource to remind us about the lessons. Every business will benefit!"  Michael Schildberger, Business Essentials. What the papers say: American Bar Association