The Essential Business Desk Reference

Sign any contract with confidence, armed with the plain-English information and explanations in the first desk reference of contract terms written specifically with non-lawyers in mind. Get information on:

  • common contract terms
  • how to decipher the language of contracts
  • how to change contracts

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  • Life has become an endless series of contracts—this is the manual.

    There’s no reason to risk your hard-earned money signing a contract you don’t understand. With Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference, you get easy-to-understand explanations for every common contract term. In no time, you’ll grasp mysterious concepts such as “force majeur,” “indemnity,” and “time is of the essence.”

    Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference is more than just an A–Z explanation of over 300 terms. It also includes:

    • common negotiating strategies
    • examples of contract provisions
    • sample contract clauses and entire contracts
    • examples of illegal and dangerous contract clauses
    • what to expect if you or the other side breaks a contract
    • up-to-date explanations of electronic contracts, and
    • tips on amending and modifying agreements.

    Whether you’re starting a business, signing a lease, hiring a new employee or independent contractor, licensing a concept, selling a boat, or contracting for a new fireplace, Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference can help. A must-have for small business owners, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and law students—and anyone else whose success is built around understanding and negotiating agreements.

    “… helps laypeople navigate the sometimes murky waters of contractual agreements.”-Library Journal

    “Nolo is a pioneer in both consumer and business self-help books and software.” - Los Angeles Times


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  • About the Author
    • Richard Stim, Attorney · University of San Francisco School of Law

      Attorney Richard Stim specialized in small business, copyright, patents, and trademark issues at Nolo. He has authored many books, including Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business; Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference; and Profit From Your Idea. Stim regularly answers readers' intellectual property questions at his blog.

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