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July 2018 Archives

Contract negotiation tips

Entrepreneurs and company executives in Michigan and Illinois know that negotiation is part and parcel of getting business done. Hammering out the details of contracts such as lease agreement, purchase deals, vendor or distributor agreements and more can be intimidating to some but there are ways to make it work effectively. 

Minorities more likely to live in dangerous conditions

People of color in Michigan and throughout the country are often shown homes in areas with poor environmental quality compared to white people. This is the finding of a study prepared for the National Bureau of Economic Research. Its results show that people of color are often steered into neighborhoods that are close to toxic sites or that have high levels of air pollution.

When is a contract legally binding?

Contracts are part of doing business, whether you are an individual or a corporation in Chicago or elsewhere. Although it is always a good idea to put any agreement in writing, oral contracts are enforceable under Illinois law if there is enough evidence to support that a deal was made. However, there are exceptions, which are covered by the statue of fraud 

Michigan housing community under investigation for discrimination

Bay View Association in Petoskey is under investigation for allegedly requiring homeowners to have Christian beliefs as a condition of residency. In addition, homeowners there have claimed that they aren't allowed to transfer their property to family members who aren't Christian. This is despite the fact that the community was told by the U.S. Department of Federal Housing that it isn't exempt from an anti-discrimination law.

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