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How to Read Key Clauses in Boilerplate Contracts

Know how to read contract clauses and fully recognize the risks being taken on.

Almost every contract dispute ends up being controlled by the contract terms and conditions. Too often, businesspeople sign the contract without fully understanding the agreement they have become bound to. For many, contracts read as if they were a foreign language. Learn how to translate the often convoluted terms of a contract and, if there is a problem hidden within a clause, how to deal with that problematic clause. Often, businesses enter into contracts without knowing how to read the clauses and fully recognize the risks they have taken on. The benefit of this information is that you will be able to quickly recognize risky clauses, better understand the risks those clauses create, and how to reduce or eliminate those risks before you sign the contract. You will also learn which phrases aggravate that risk and how you can minimize the risk when you have already signed a bad contract.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to identify the clauses that create the most risk for your company or public entity.
  • You will be able to recognize key phrases in contract clauses which can become a time bomb.
  • You will be able to identify 90% of the risk clauses in your contract in less than one hour, rather than the several hours it would take to read the entire contract
  • You will be able to discuss the key features of an indemnity clause.

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Agenda

What Should Be in Your Contract and What Should Not Be There?

What Clauses Get Contractors and Owners in Trouble?

Incorporations by Reference:

  • Industry Standards, General Conditions, Prime Contact, the Bid, and More

Why the First Few Paragraphs of the Contract Are So Important

Key Clauses, Including Review of Plans and Specifications, Indemnity, Insurance, Warranty, Payment Requirements, Terminations, Order of Precedence, and Much More

Key Phrases That Warn You of Danger, Such as Sole Discretion

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This course was last revised on August 28, 2023.

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The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

  • Those applying for AIA and HRCI must view 100% of the program and answer the questions following the program.

Virginia MCLE requirements do not allow approval for programs that do not include an audio or audiovisual component.

This program was previously offered as a live webinar. Virginia MCLE requirements do not allow approval for attendance at duplicate programs.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • AK CLE 1.0
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.0
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • HI CLE 1.0
     
  • MO CLE 1.3
     
  • NJ CLE 1.3
     
  • NM CLE 1.0
     
  • NY CLE 1.0 including Areas of Professional Practice 1
     
  • VT CLE 1.0
     
  • WA CLE 1.0
     
  • WV MCLE 1.3
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Larry P. Lubka

Larry P. Lubka

Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc.

  • Senior counsel at the law firm of Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc. in Pasadena
  • 35 plus years of experience in complex contracts, including commercial contracts, UCC agreements, and state, local, and federal government contracts
  • Has given several hundred seminars on construction law across the country
  • Has been a Best Lawyer, Super Lawyer, and Top Lawyer for over a decade
  • Co-wrote sections of California Construction Law, wrote scores of articles, including articles in the Constructor
  • Publishes regular articles on the Lubka & White website
  • Member of the California Bar and several Federal courts
  • J.D. degree, with honors, George Washington University Law Center; B.A. degree, Columbia University
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc. 301 N. Lake Avenue, 7th Floor, Pasadena, CA 91101, or 626-440-5200
John Woo

John Woo

Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc.

  • Associate at the law firm of Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc. in Pasadena
  • Manages cases through trial and appellate courts, including construction defect, warranty claims, prime/subcontractor conflicts, mechanics liens and foreclosures, developer/partnership disputes, and public works
  • Litigates business disputes, contract actions, wholesaler/distributor conflicts, NDA and non-compete agreements, independent contractor relationships, Prop. 65 defense, quiet title, unlawful detainer, and real property claims
  • Well-versed in negotiating and drafting commercial real estate purchase and lease agreements, along with prosecuting trademark applications for design and word marks
  • J.D. degree, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; B.A. degree, University of California at Berkeley
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 626-440-5200
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Product ID: 410842
Published 2023
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