How to avoid legal conflicts with overseas vendors or suppliers

Contracts are designed to solve problems and prevent lawsuits -- not create them. But it can be particularly tricky to negotiate a good contract with your overseas business contacts. If you're trying to establish a working relationship with overseas vendors and suppliers, here are some tips that can help you avoid trouble.

1. Negotiate in good faith

The dangers of wrong-way drivers

When you're out on the highway at night, one of the most stomach-churning sights you can see is another car's headlights coming your way, in your lane. It means that there's a driver on the road who is going the wrong way, and he or she may not even realize the danger that they're in -- let alone the danger they're putting everyone else in.

Wrong-way drivers are sometimes just confused. An experienced teen can end up going the wrong way after taking the wrong ramp onto the highway. An older driver who is having trouble seeing at night may miss a turn or a sign and end up going against traffic. However, officials say that many wrong-way drivers are suffering from confusion simply because they're inebriated. They say that there are known "hot spots" for wrong-way drivers around bars and restaurants, particularly close to closing time. In at least one state, the average blood alcohol content among wrong-way drivers has been calculated at .18% -- more than twice the legal limit of .08%.

Amazon continues to skirt product liability laws

For a lot of people, purchasing a product on Amazon instead of in a store is second nature. In these busy times, it's often much easier to "shop and click" at home in your pajamas instead of getting dressed and heading out to the store. Plus, returns are pretty easy and most Americans feel familiar with the industry giant, which makes it comfortable to use them for purchases.

Well, think carefully about what you decide to purchase from Amazon. Over the last few years, Amazon customers (or their insurance companies) have tried to hold the retail giant accountable for numerous dangerous and defective products purchased through their site, from hoverboards that have exploded during charging and hair dryers that were so poorly made that they caught fire the first time they were used.

How physical therapy can help after a car wreck

You've been in a serious car wreck. Despite your injuries, you thought you'd be back on your feet by now -- but you just aren't progressing like you'd expected.

Physical therapy (PT) may be able to help. If you're entirely unfamiliar with how it works or it's been a while since you've seen a physical therapist, you may be surprised to learn that treatments have evolved significantly over the years. Physical therapists now specialize in treating different systems in the body.

2 common construction disputes that could lead to litigation

The last thing Las Vegas residents expect to deal with when building a new home or commercial property is construction litigation. Unfortunately, entering into such litigation happens more often than many Nevada property owners believe.

We know that the possibility of construction litigation strikes fear into the hearts of those looking to create a new home or business. However, understanding why it occurs may help you avoid such a scenario. Our lawyers want to share with you two common disputes that could lead to construction litigation. We believe this knowledge is critical in avoiding legal proceedings altogether and in preparing yourself if you do end up seeking a judicial solution.

Complications of a burn injury

Burn injuries are always painful and usually debilitating -- but the consequence of a burn can continue long past the initial injury. The damage from the complications of a burn injury is often the true cause of disability and death.

If your loved one has suffered a burn injury in an accident, here are some of the multisystemic problems victims may face after a burn:

Can you sue over defects in a home after closing?

Buying a home is a big financial and emotional commitment. You pour a lot of energy into finding just the right place for your family to live, you evaluate all of your options carefully and you sink most of your liquid assets into the deal. That makes it all the more upsetting when you find out that there is some hidden defect in the property that could be expensive to fix.

What now? It doesn't seem fair that you should have to shoulder the entire financial burden of the fix, but how do you hold someone accountable for a deal that's been over for months -- or possibly years?

How do you stay friends with your business partner?

Going into business with your best friend or longtime buddy can sound ideal. After all, who better to go into business with than someone who already knows and appreciates you, right?

The only problem is that business arrangements can sometimes put a strain on the best of relationships unless both parties know how to establish good personal boundaries and keep a certain emotional distance. Plus, business partners always need to plan ahead to avoid disputes. This means:

  • Get a signed operating agreement. Before you invest a great deal of your time, energy and effort into a business, you need a written agreement about your role in the company.
  • Address the hard questions. Your agreement needs to focus on "What happens if something goes wrong?" What happens if your partner wants out? What happens if you do? Whose decision carries the day if you and your partner are at odds?
  • Plan for changes. At some point in your future, either you or your business partner will get married, get divorced, retire or die. You need to have written into your agreement how those events will be handled if you see your business surviving into the next generation.
  • Know your values. A values agreement helps you both understand your ethical commitments and how you envision the company culture -- and it can prevent big personality conflicts over management styles.

How to protect yourself when crossing the street

Depending on where you live and the activities you have on your plate for the day ahead, you may find yourself walking, jogging or cycling in close proximity to motor vehicle traffic.

Furthermore, there will be times when you have to cross a street, which increases the risk of an accident.

Do you need title insurance when buying a home?

There is a lot to think about as you move through the home search process, so it's not always easy to project ahead to the day of your closing. However, if you neglect to do so, you could make a mistake that costs you both time and money.

For instance, it's critical to buy title insurance when buying a home, as it'll protect you against anything that's gone wrong with the title before you took over as owner.

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