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Van Halen, Brown M&M’s, and the importance of reading your contracts.

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The ‘80’s rock band Van Halen had a provision in their concert contract requiring M&M’s in their dressing room, but banning brown M&M’s. Urban legend has it that this was evidence of the bizarre behavior of eccentric musicians. Instead, it was a very intentional requirement. Van Halen’s concerts were complex productions. They involved significantly more stage, sound, and light equipment than the average show. This created technical requirements that were much more stringent than the average show that a venue might normally host. Those rules were all built into their...

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Selling your home? Don’t shake hands just yet.

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So you’ve decided to sell your house and try it without a realtor. Maybe you already have a buyer that has approached you, or maybe you just want to post a sign and see what happens. We help clients like you every month. They come to us for answers about contracts, disclosures, closings, and a host of other issues. Despite all these good questions, the vast majority have one thing answered – the purchase price. They come to us having already found a buyer and having agreed to the price. While this might seem like the right order of events, it creates a couple of potential problems...

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