What to do if a dog comes after you

Don't assume that man's best friend is always man's best friend. While most dogs are friendly, there are plenty that are aggressive and looking for trouble.

If you come face to face with an aggressive dog that wants to attack, there are steps you can take to defuse its behavior and hopefully move to safety.

  • Stay calm: Screaming uncontrollably, throwing around your arms and making sharp movements will stimulate the dog. When you remain calm, the dog will slow down and possibly leave the scene.
  • Don't make direct eye contact: It's natural to want to make direct eye contact to show your dominance, but this actually makes the dog more aggressive. Instead, turn sideways while keeping a view of the dog out of the side of your eye.
  • Slowly back up and seek shelter: As you slowly back away from the dog, seek shelter or anything you can put between the two of you. For example, getting on the other side of a door or fence will make you feel much safer.

Take these steps if your tenant stops paying rent

It's your hope that you always maintain a good relationship with your tenant, but things could take a turn for the worse if they miss a payment.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to clear the air should your tenant stop paying rent. Here's what you need to do:

  • Review their past: Does the tenant have a long history of paying on time? Have they missed payments at certain times of the year in the past? The tenant's payment history will give you a better idea of what you're dealing with and whether they're likely to get back on track.
  • Contact the renter: Don't assume that they're attempting to hide from you. They may be dealing with a serious issue, such as an illness or job loss, which has put them behind. By contacting them, you open up the lines of communication.
  • Issue a pay or quit notice: This outlines how much the renter owes, both in rent and late fees, as well as the date they must pay the money by. In Nevada, for example, you must provide a seven-day notice to the renter, requiring that they either pay what they owe or leave the property.

4 common causes of slip-and-fall mishaps

It doesn't matter if you're walking in a grocery store, shopping mall, office building or casino, there's always a possibility of a slip-and-fall accident.

While there is no guaranteed way to prevent slip-and-fall accidents, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk. One of the best things you can do is understand the most common causes. Here are four to be aware of:

  1. Wet surfaces: For example, if a spill in a grocery store is not immediately addressed it could result in a slip-and-fall. Just the same, floors are often slick after a recent cleaning, such as in an office building or casino.
  2. Defective sidewalks: This can include, but is not limited, to cracks, holes and uneven surfaces. Even a minor defect, such as a slight change in elevation, puts you at risk.
  3. Torn or bulging carpeting: Carpeting doesn't last forever. When it begins to wear down, it increases the risk of a slip-and-fall.
  4. Stairwell defects: Common examples include missing or loose handrails, sloped steps and missing steps.

Use mediation to resolve a partnership dispute

It's your hope that you never face a partnership dispute so serious that you can't talk it out. However, the longer you're in business together the greater chance there is that something could eventually go wrong.

If your partnership dispute continues to drag on, it may be time to consider outside help. This is where mediation comes into play. Here are some points to consider as you move in this direction:

  • The root cause of the disagreement: You may have to dig deeper than what you see on the surface to really understand what's causing the disagreement between you and your partner. For example, if you no longer trust each other, mediation can only do so much. The next time a disagreement comes to light, your trust issues may move back to the forefront.
  • What you hope to accomplish: Both you and your partner have a clear idea of what's happening, where you stand and what you want to accomplish through mediation. Laying this out on the table during your first meeting with a mediator is essential to finding a solution.
  • Be willing to negotiate and compromise: If you go into mediation with the idea that you'll get exactly what you want, you're likely to feel some level of disappointment. Success with mediation is all about negotiation and compromise from both sides.

What are the most common causes of pedestrian-car accidents?

As a pedestrian, you understand the importance of keeping close tabs on everything that's happening around you. But even so, there's no guaranteed way to prevent a pedestrian-car accident.

An understanding of the most common causes of pedestrian-car accidents can help prevent trouble:

  • Distracted driving: When a driver isn't paying attention to the road and their surroundings, they're more likely to cause an accident.
  • Speeding: For example, if a driver speeds through a city street, they may not have enough time to stop should they spot a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks: It may be a law, but many drivers don't follow it for one reason or the next. Always beware of the vehicles moving toward you when you're in a crosswalk.
  • Driving under the influence: Alcohol, drugs and prescription medication can all impact a driver's judgment.
  • Ignoring traffic signals and signs: For instance, driving through a red light puts everyone in the crosswalk at risk of an accident.

Bicycle commuters are at risk of injury

As a bicycle commuter, you enjoy the ability to avoid traffic jams, exercise on your way to and from work and save money.

While there are many benefits of commuting on your bike, you're always at risk of an accident that can cause serious injury or even death.

What’s the best way to remedy a breach of business contract?

As a business owner, you hope that you never run into issues associated with a breach of contract. However, the more contracts you sign, the greater chance there is that this will eventually happen.

If you find yourself dealing with a breach of business contract dispute, such as between you and a client, there are several steps you can take to find a resolution. Here are some of the most common remedies:

  • Compensatory damages: This is the most common breach of business contract remedy, with the court ordering the party that breached the contract to pay a specific amount to the other party.
  • Punitive damages: This remedy is reserved for situations in which the breaching party is punished for a morally reprehensible action, such as if they sold you an unsafe product.
  • Nominal damages: These are typically awarded by the court when there is a breach of contract but neither party suffered harm as a result.
  • Liquidated damages: These damages are outlined in the contract, noting what the parties agree to pay in the event of a breach.

Keep your eyes open for construction defects

Building a home from scratch should be one of the most enjoyable experiences of your life. Unfortunately, when your builder doesn't live up to its end of the bargain, it's possible for construction defects to come into play.

Some of the most common types of construction defects include:

  • Water intrusion
  • Structural integrity
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Expansive soils
  • Windows and doors
  • Finishes

What could go wrong leading up to your closing?

Buying any type of real estate is a big decision, as it'll change your life forever. This is why it's so important to do whatever it takes to ensure yourself of getting a good deal.

Even if everything is going as planned leading up to your closing, that doesn't mean something can't go wrong at the last minute.

Contractor licenses are important to Nevada homeowners

Acting as a construction contractor without a license is illegal in Nevada. While state laws prohibit soliciting and performing construction work without the right license, they can also lead to homeowners hiring such workers facing serious problems of their own.

As Nevada’s State Contractors Board (NSCP) warns, those hiring contractors who aren’t properly licensed for the work they’re doing may find they’ve signed an unenforceable contract. They could also be liability for injuries and other problems arising on the job. Civil lawsuits are often their only option for relief for work not done or done improperly.

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