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Christine E Branstad Esq

Christine Branstad’s Legal Guides

24 total

  • Avoid lawyers and lawsuits: Watch what you write and type

    What do you think is the best way to do business? Most clients tell me by handshake. The real answer is in writing. Well-drafted, easy to read contracts stop arguments before they begin. A little nit picking up front saves money and business relationships in the future. The be...

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  • Good News for Good Businesses: Snake Oil* Sellers Beware

    Ever wonder how unscrupulous sellers get away with going door to door (or phone to phone) spewingpitches for deals that are too good to be true?Whether its a fund-raising scam, a vacation club, ora highbrow ponzi scheme, we repeatedly read about segments of the population who...

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  • Succession Planning - How to Divorce or Die or Retire with Dignity (and a little money)

    Does your business have a viable business succession plan? Ask yourself the following question. Would your business survive if you (or your partner): - got divorced? got married (to a Yoko [1])?- died?- won the lottery?- got sick?- wanted to retire?- was offered a fabulous ...

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  • They can't sue me. I am a corporation.

    Small businesses owners hiding behind the mantra I cant get sued! I am a corporation! must remove misconceptions.Anyone can sue anyone for anything. If you form avalid business entity, however,you may discourage suit or find an early exit from litigation. Two things to do: O...

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  • Get it Right the First TIme

    Running to the secretary of state to get corporate filings is not the first step in developing your business. Incorporating before your business has an identity is like getting a marriage license before you decide on a groom. You will likely have tostart over. First, determine:...

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  • The (business) Climate in Iowa

    I saw only the title of a New York Times piece by Nicholas Kristof titled "The Happiest People" and started to write about "The Happiest Businesses." Kristof'sstory is about Costa Rica. The author credits education forsuperior "happiness." I agree. The businesses I represent ar...

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  • Avoid [paying for] litigation: Indemnification Agreements

    Businesses use Indemnity Agreements to avoid paying for litigation. Indemnification Agreements allow parties to contract so that one party (indemnitor) will pay the other for any loss suffered by the other party (indemnitee) under the contract.

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  • Arbitration: Decision by the Village Elder

    Arbitration and mediation are NOT the same even though they are both considered forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Many myths surround arbitration. Benefit 1: Arbitration may take less preparation because you do not need to plan for a jury trial. Arbitration elimina...

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  • Practices that Supplement Contracts

    How Many in a Baker's Dozen? Industry practices and specific relationships may create unwritten contractual terms that bind the parties. This blog has more legal analysis than usual, but read on. Really. Iowas Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) governs transactions in goods. Iowas ...

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  • Who is the real judge: Simon Cowell, Stephen Breyer, David Baker?*

    Can you name an American Idol judge? (Most people can.) Can you name a Supreme Court Justice? (Most Americans cannot even name the three branches of government.) Sandra Day OConnor was in Des Moines this week. Justice OConnor talked with business and legal leaders about Iowas jud...

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