Small firms and sole proprietors don’t have the luxury of in-house counsel or retained attorneys. But small architecture firms still encounter many challenges similar to large firms when negotiating and interpreting contracts, handling disputes with clients and contractors, and a myriad of other circumstances where a lawyer may be needed. For a limited time, LegaLine […]
The Quarterly eNewsletter of The AIA Trust —January 2019
In today’s economic climate, more and more, architects are being asked to address client issues relative to financing, assignment and certification. Every architect should be knowledgeable on these issues and approaches.
Every day, we hear about neighbors suing neighbors; accident victims suing those responsible; and people filing lawsuits for libel, slander and countless other reasons. Think it can’t happen to you? Think again.
Driving Green is more important than ever today to conserve fuel and protect the environment. With gasoline prices on the rise and increasing reports about the impact of greenhouse gases on the environment, now is the time to rethink how you may typically drive and maintain your vehicles.
In order to protect your firm, contractual provisions such as disclaimers and other exculpatory language need to be carefully worded. Firms should assess the risk of project-specific provisions and work with local legal counsel to craft them appropriately. This is especially true when the provisions include any waiver of claims, requirements for a legal defense, […]
The Internet is fertile territory for criminals who devise devious methods to exploit and steal from unsuspecting Web users. But by taking these five important precautions, you can help to keep your finances and personal information safe.
Today more than ever, the primary responsibility for saving and planning for retirement seems to have shifted to the individual, yet many have not adjusted their behavior in response to this change. As a result, a large portion of the population is unprepared for future retirement. With the 2008 stock market meltdown, declining prices in […]
Every firm has documents that should be destroyed, not simply discarded. Documents must be destroyed because firms need to maintain confidentiality when dealing with employee, client or business records that contain personal or proprietary information. Furthermore, firms need to develop a formal document destruction policy that includes a schedule that is adhered to consistently.