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January 2016 Archives

Eliminating uncertainty on the construction site

When working on a construction project in Miami, Florida, you may be working with many professionals that include design teams and architects, contractors, subcontractors and construction workers, as well as owners, stakeholders and others. Sometimes, elements outside your control may cause the work to develop defects that could still be linked back to you. At Welbaum Guernsey, we are aware of the need to reduce the threat of construction litigation during the years after the project is completed.

Subcontractors: Beware of flow-through clauses

If you work in the construction industry as a subcontractor, contracts are a routine part of your business. But an agreement between you and a general contractor can take many forms. In fact, there may be instances where there is no contract at all beyond the bid itself. The general contractor accepts the bid, gives the subcontractor the job, and work begins with the assumption that the parties will treat each other with fairness. Perhaps needless to say, this creates a considerable amount of risk for both parties.

What are the risks of franchises?

No startup is a sure thing, but if you plan to invest your time and money in opening a business in Miami, Florida, you may be considering the benefits of a franchise. It is impossible to thoroughly explore an option without comparing positives and negatives, and according to MarketWatch.com, franchise agreements are not without their own high stakes.

What companies should know about products liability

A business in Miami, Florida, should never intentionally offer goods or services that could cause its customers harm. However, when using a product does lead to an injury, the company can be held liable for the damages. For this reason, it is important to understand products liability and the potential consequences of a lawsuit.

Contract employees: What employers should know

Before signing any contract with an employee, an employer in Miami, Florida, should make sure that all aspects of the document are legal and aboveboard to prevent costly litigation. According to Chron.com, it is only a legally enforceable contract if it meets certain criteria. For example, it must state the reason that it has been drawn up. It must also include a definition of the terms and conditions. Finally, the parties that sign it must be competent, meeting the minimum age and mental ability conditions.

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