The best defense is a good offense, according to attorney Josh Ferguson of the law offices of Kent/McBride in Philadelphia. What he means is that the best way for a landscape contractor to protect himself is by having good, solid contracts and proper documentation.
As exciting as the courtroom scenes are on television shows like Law & Order, most landscape contractors would rather stay out of the system and not get involved in litigation for obvious reasons. It's not only expensive and time consuming; it's also bad for business. Ferguson recommends that contractors develop a relationship with an attorney long before there's ever a problem.
Since the goal of any good attorney is to protect his or her clients, he prefers to be proactive and not reactive by crossing his Ts and dotting his Is beforehand instead of waiting for a problem to occur, only then to realize that some “language” in a contract was missing, exposing you and your business to significant risk. This approach allows his clients to stay out of court and making money.
Show: Free legal advice that might just save your business
Guest: Josh Ferguson, Kent/McBride, Philadelphia Pa
Date: Feb. 27, 2013
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