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What Is in an AIA Agreement? Part 1

What Is in an AIA Agreement? Part 1 by Aaron Pierce

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The AIA A101 is the standard form of agreement furnished by the American Institute of Architects which is used in generating well-defined business relationships between a Pand a contractor. These contracts have been crafted, published, and promoted by a very influential and nationally renowned industry group. Consequently, the standardized version is designed to protect the interests of the contractor and can be protective of a contractor to the sometimes-costly detriment of the rights and flexibilities of the owner.           

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Forming a Corporation: Legal Documents You Can’t Do Without – Part 1

Forming a Corporation: Legal Documents You Can’t Do Without - Part 1 by Aaron Pierce

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Forming a corporation is a bit like entering into marriage: all the parties need to agree beforehand on how the corporation will work, i.e. what rules the entity will generally function under. Taking the time early on in the formation of the corporation to discuss and implement corporate operating documents will help avoid disruption and additional costs, especially legal fees, later on when disputes almost inevitably arise.

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Protecting Your Dream in the Hospitality Industry

Protecting Your Dream in the Hospitality Industry by Aaron Pierce

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Operating a business in New York City is often described as an uphill battle. Zoning laws, safety regulations, and consumer protection measures can eat into any business’ profits—but especially in the hospitality industry. In this blog, I provide food for thought to aspiring restaurateurs and bar owners who are considering setting up shop in the city.

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Protecting Your Art Starts With Properly Drafted Contracts

Protecting Your Art Starts With Properly Drafted Contracts by Aaron Pierce

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When it comes to the sale of visual art, like paintings, sculpture, or photography, the artist-gallery relationship is paramount. In order to make sure this business relationship remains clear and mutually profitable, the artist and gallery need to agree to a contract that meets their needs. Unfortunately, artists will often opt for a quick template or “boilerplate” contract in an attempt to save money or avoid getting mired in contract law. While that may seem like a convenient option, all that does is provide a false sense of security.

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Pitfalls in Publishing Agreements in 2015

Pitfalls in Publishing Agreements in 2015

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For every professional artist, the end goal is to earn a living by marketing and selling their art. In the music industry, competition is intense, and physical sales have long been in a steep decline. Consequently, because the supply of available music is enormous and the barriers to industry entry are at an all-time low, musicians must utilize alternative means to generate revenue from their output. Often, rather than signing a 360 deal with a record label, a new and evermore available revenue stream is the deal cut with an independent music publishing company.

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