Save Yourself From Yourself With a Simple Email Checklist

The end-of-year deal-closing season has just come to a close. So I've been sending a lot of emails that I don't want to screw up. We've all felt it, that feeling of dread deep in your gut just after you hit "send." Did I send that sensitive document to the wrong party? Did I attach the […] Read More

Blog Hop — Why I Write

One of my favorite things about blogging is sharing things I find interesting with others. That's also why I like Twitter so much. So when my friend and fellow blogger Bill Ellis asked me to participate in a blog hop, I jumped at the chance. Bill's a branding expert and he writes a blog about […] Read More

Making Friends Through Blogging

Later this week I'll be serving on a panel hosted by The Net Impact, the web development company that built my Blue Maven Law website. I'll be the only civilian (i.e., amateur) on the panel, and my role will be to discuss the good and bad of blogging as a professional services provider. (Here's a […] Read More

What’s the Role of a Commercial Attorney?

As a private attorney who's responsible for bringing in new business, I often think about why businesses need to hire an attorney to help with their contracts. Here are some thoughts about how I view my role in business transactions. Not all law practices are alike, but I usually operate in one of two contexts: […] Read More

If You Could Have Only Two Clauses in Your Contract, Which Would You Choose?

I admit it; I love survival reality shows. It started with "Survivorman," then "Naked Castaway," and "Dude, You're Screwed." Whether it's a man alone in the wild with only a few survival items or a commando-type guy kidnapped by his commando-type friends and dropped off someplace remote, if someone's trying to survive in the wild, […] Read More

Nozbe Privacy Policy

I signed up for Nozbe today to help me get stuff done -- and to keep things from falling through the cracks. I liked their privacy policy, so I thought I would share it with you. (If you notice a surge in my blogging frequency, you'll know Nozbe works.) When you sign up for Nozbe, […] Read More

Dear Dropbox, I’ll Take the Arbitration

Dropbox revised its terms of service recently and sent an email to its users notifying them of the changes. I haven't read through the entire ToS yet. But Bill Carleton's post on his Counselor @ Law blog yesterday prompted me to take a look at the arbitration clause. I'm sharing my comment to his post […] Read More

Angel Investing Basics

Are you thinking about investing in a startup company for the first time? If so, such topics as preferred stock, convertible notes, and dilution might sound like startup hocus pocus, but you'll want to know what they're all about. In this post, I provide an introduction to several concepts that you should understand before entrusting your […] Read More

What?! Typewriters Aren’t Responsible for Two-Spacing?

Some people prefer one space after the period at the end of a sentence. Some prefer two. I'm a one-spacer myself. After I read this Slate article written by Farhad Manjoo strongly supporting one-spacing a few years ago, I posted One Space, Two Spaces…Potato, Potahto? In the piece I noted that the AP Stylebook, Chicago Manual […] Read More

The “Duty to Read” Is Not Absolute

When you sign a contract, the law presumes that you've read it and understand its contents. This is commonly known as the "duty to read." The duty to read is one of the concepts that tripped up plaintiff Victoria Major in this case about a browsewrap "contract"; although Major never read the website's terms of […] Read More

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