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What do you need to do when you see business machinery?

You don't want to sell your business, but you want to get rid of some of your property. You have several pieces of machinery you no longer need, and you could use the money for marketing and expansion.

Before you sell your asset, you need to make sure you understand the legal process for doing so. Selling your assets requires a large amount of documentation. Here are a few things you may need.

Here's what to look for in your next contractor

Contractors and adjusters have a responsibility to their clients. They should provide bids for the work they will perform that match with industry standards. They should hold to the contracts you have. They certainly should do high-quality work on the budget they agree to.

When you contract with contractors, it's important to avoid going with the first contractor you talk to. You need to get several bids, so you can see a variation in how much each contractor thinks the job will cost. Get a schedule and learn more about each contractor's guarantees.

Should you review a new job contract with your attorney?

So, you've been offered a job. That's great news, and you're ready to take it. Wait a minute, though, and make sure you understand what's in your employment contract.

You need to review the document to see what kind of employment you'll fall under as well as any start or end dates filed. For example, if you're a fixed-term employee, there could be a start and end date, whereas at-will employees may have only a start date. Also, review causes for termination. Every employee should understand what can result in termination, and you should not want the causes to be too broad.

Fight back against accusations of medical malpractice

Learning that a patient has accused you of medical malpractice is devastating. You likely are focused on how to best defend yourself against these allegations. You must decide how you will handle the negative responses and repercussions ahead. You also need to consider your options for defending yourself against the claims.

Determining a defense strategy requires you to take a close look at the circumstances of the case. Once you understand the scope of the matter, you can review the defense options that apply in your circumstances. To decide on the best defense strategy, below are some elements to consider when vetting your case.

Hit-and-run crash injures two women and one infant

Two women and a baby were injured after they were struck by a Cadillac in Miami Beach on Jan. 21 right before 4:30 p.m.

The teenager stole the Cadillac from his stepfather and was turning onto Dickens Avenue from 77th Street when the victims were struck. The women, ages 51 and 21 were in the crosswalk, as was the 3-month old infant in her stroller.

Poor contractor? You can fight back to prevent greater losses

When you build a home or building, you want to know that you have one of the best, most cost-effective contractors around. You want to know that you're getting your money's worth and that you're not being taken advantage of.

In reality, there are many "bad" contractors who abuse their positions. They may take their time on projects in a way that "runs the clock," which ends up costing you more money. Others may never complete the project at all, leaving you to foot the bill with another contractor when you have no choice but to complete the work.

What should you do before signing a contract?

When you have to sign a purchase agreement, it's a good idea to understand fully when that agreement won't bind you. You need to know how to cancel the agreement if something doesn't work out or if you change your mind before a purchase.

Normally, these agreements are fairly straightforward, but if you're unable to fully understand what to do if you want to cancel, talk to an attorney. The last thing you want to find out is that you're unable to cancel a purchase when there's a valid reason why you no longer want to go through with it.

Personal injury compensation matters to victims

Getting into a crash isn't something anyone plans for. While you have insurance and do your best to have a savings, the hope is that you won't ever actually have to deal with a collision.

Sadly, many people do get into accidents. Many walk away without serious injuries, but for those who do suffer from life-changing wounds, recovering economic damages is a necessity. Most people can seek compensation of some type, but your ability to collect varies based on the damages you've suffered.

Slip-and-fall threats are all around you in Miami

It's true that the winter doesn't change Florida's weather much, with temperatures still averaging above freezing. That doesn't mean that winter is free of hazards, though. With rains, possible hurricanes and other hazards, slip-and-fall accidents could happen at any time.

Miami is home to beautiful beaches, for example, but the sandy areas pose a threat. When sand collects on roads or around properties, it could result in skidding or sliding, which could cause you to fall, get into a car accident or suffer other injuries. Likewise, the risk of slick roads and walkways following heavy rains or particularly high waves could result in an accident.

What to do if your building has construction defects

When a property you've purchased or had work done on ends up with damage due to defects, you know that something has to be done about them. Many kinds of defects are common including mold, electrical issues and dry rot.

The real question is who is responsible for this damage? Can you hold the construction company liable? Is the seller and previous owner of the property liable?

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