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Protect Yourself When Someone Says Take It or Leave It

Take It or Leave It. Sometimes you are presented with a contract, and the other party says: “Take it or leave it. No changes.” This can happen with employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements, non-compete agreements, management service agreements, franchise agreements and various third party contracting and service agreements, among others. Protect Yourself. What do you do? Read the contract and do not automatically assume you are just stuck. Sometimes, “take it or leave it” contracts have provisions in them that make absolutely no sense. They may have typographical errors or include sentences that are missing words -- because people have not reviewed them. You can use this to try to get other changes inserted, as you have shown yourself to be reasonable. The other side may even think better of you because you are so careful.

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