The Truth About Lawyers

Written by Peter Cross

Duringrepparttar matter of my divorce (that's lawyer talk - it's alwaysrepparttar 135859 matter of this andrepparttar 135860 matter of that), I spent about $30,000 on three different attorneys in an extremely frustrating effort just to be able to see my own children. As each one failed to obtain one single worthwhile benefit for me, I fired them and hired another one. I couldn't help but notice that I was never allowed to speak directly torepparttar 135861 judge and I felt that these people were not sayingrepparttar 135862 things I wanted them to say as well as I could, so inrepparttar 135863 end, I fired them all and decided to represent myself in court "In Pro Per" (as my own attorney). It was then that I learnedrepparttar 135864 most important lesson of all:

The Name ofrepparttar 135865 Game in court is: DON'T PISS OFF THE JUDGE!

The hard truth ofrepparttar 135866 matter is that attorneys have to work withrepparttar 135867 judges and withrepparttar 135868 other attorneys every day. A client is just a client, and whenrepparttar 135869 case is over, it's over and they need to get on withrepparttar 135870 next one. It's really all about careers and about relationships, andrepparttar 135871 attorneys' daily business relationships are with other attorneys. These arerepparttar 135872 people they have to work with, and they have ethical guidelines that compel them to all get along even if they really don't like each other. But when it comes torepparttar 135873 judges, it's not a matter of like or dislike. The judges are little gods, andrepparttar 135874 reality is that they have huge case loads that just get larger no matter what they do, andrepparttar 135875 attorneys understand thatrepparttar 135876 way to helprepparttar 135877 judges is to moverepparttar 135878 cases through court as quicky as possible. Help a judge do that, and you're on their good side. Take too long with one particular client, and you're not. DON'T PISS OFF THE JUDGE, orrepparttar 135879 judge will definitely find a way to take it out on you. You will not like it when that happens. I know one particular judge who said to me, "I don't get angry, I get even". So forrepparttar 135880 attorneys, their careers may be at stake if they alienate their peers. The vast majority of attorneys will not put their careers at risk and jeopardize their professional relationships for any one particular client.

So does anybody really need an attorney? The law actually implies that we don't because we are givenrepparttar 135881 right to represent ourselves in court if we choose to. Does anybody really want you to know this? Definitely not, because if everybody represented themselves, how would allrepparttar 135882 law school graduates make a living? But here'srepparttar 135883 big problem. When you think you need an attorney, it's almost always because you've gotten into some kind of serious trouble and you think thatrepparttar 135884 stakes are too high if you lose. It's kind of like needing a new roof. Nobody even thinks about their roof until it's too late andrepparttar 135885 thing is leaking uncontrollably. And it's only then that they find out how incredibly expensive a new roof is, and how impossible it is to educate yourself properly onrepparttar 135886 subject in order to know how to spend all that money and not get ripped off. Similarly, until you're in serious trouble, you probably don't even think about having to choose an attorney. And nowrepparttar 135887 stakes are much higher than when you need a new roof because withrepparttar 135888 roof,repparttar 135889 great danger is spending a lot of money and not getting what you paid for. With your legal difficulty, it could be about having to go to JAIL, not to mention spending a lot of money on an attorney and then having to go to jail. So when you're in that situation,repparttar 135890 conventional wisdom is unanimous - getrepparttar 135891 best attorney you can afford.

Free Non Disclosure Form (NDA Form)

Written by Jefferson Highway, General Counsel

Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs, also known as 'Confidentiality Agreements') are an essential part of modern business. If you have a trade secret, an invention or a 'good idea', it can be worrying revealingrepparttar details to a third party because you never know if your idea may be stolen. For this reason, NDA forms are common. The problem is, most of them are long winded, running to 10 pages or more, and they very length of them makes it difficult sometimes to get your target to sign inrepparttar 135809 first place.

For this reason, we here at have come up with this 'short form' NDA form you can use. It is short, unambiguous, and covers both parties, so you should find much less resistance when trying to get it signed. As always, recommend consulting your own lawyer in any legal matter.

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A) COMPANY (or person) A (E.g.

B) COMPANY (or person) B (E.g. Jefferson Highway Esq)


The parties possess valuable information, technical knowledge, experience and data of a secret and confidential nature relating torepparttar 135810 field, all of which are regarded by them as commercial assets of considerable value; and The parties are willing to disclose such information to each other onrepparttar 135811 condition thatrepparttar 135812 recipient ofrepparttar 135813 information does not discloserepparttar 135814 same to any third party nor make use thereof in any manner except as set out below.

In consideration of such disclosure to each other, it is agreed by and betweenrepparttar 135815 parties hereto as follows;

1.The receiving party undertakes to treat as strictly confidential and not to divulge to any third party any ofrepparttar 135816 information disclosed byrepparttar 135817 other and not to make use of any such information withoutrepparttar 135818 disclosing party's prior written consent.

2.Inrepparttar 135819 event of one party visiting any ofrepparttar 135820 Establishments ofrepparttar 135821 other party,repparttar 135822 visiting party undertakes that any information relating torepparttar 135823 field which may come to its knowledge as a result of any such visit, inclusive ofrepparttar 135824 form, materials and design of various elements of any relevant plant and equipment which may be seen at such Establishments as well as allrepparttar 135825 plant as a whole,repparttar 135826 methods of operation thereof andrepparttar 135827 various applications thereof, shall be kept strictly confidential and that any such information will not be divulged to any third party and will not be made use of in any way byrepparttar 135828 visiting party withoutrepparttar 135829 other party's prior written consent.

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