Tamara's Tips

Indemnification clauses can cause people to pull their hair out. Like limitation of liability provisions, indemnification provisions in a contract involve both business and legal issues. My job as a lawyer is always to protect my clients, and to try my best to explain legal issues in plain terms they can understand. 

Can business issues really ever be separated out from legal issues? No. Many sales people anxious to get a deal done have insisted that my job as the lawyer is only to advise a company on the “legal issues” in a contract. In other words, they want me to ignore the provisions they have deemed “business issues” and just look at the “legal matters” in isolation.

Friendships, romances, and business relationships all begin with trust. The parties put a lot of faith in each other. Business people often shake hands and enter into arrangements blissful and starry-eyed and ask me to give a quick once-over to the documentation of their relationship.