All the above may sound like legalisms, but each of them represents a noose. So don’t put your head in there. And if a dispute starts, find a way to settle even if that means you suffer major pain. Read that sentence again. Because undergoing an arbitration or trial will be more pain than you can imagine, even if you win. The proceedings take forever, are an enormously stressful distraction, and cost you billable hours even when you win. If you lose, the legal costs of a “nothing” case will be hundreds of thousands of dollars. And unfortunately, the results are never certain. It’s just a gamble rarely worth taking. And yes, my attorney is yelling at me for writing that.
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