Topic: Contracts

Providing Pro Bono Services

Whether or not professional services are provided for a fee or on a complimentary basis, the professional liability risks are the same. Professional liability insurance coverage is also the same, even though no premium is calculated on the value of the free services provided. The general rule is that a professional performing voluntary services must…

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Copyright: Do you know?

Few put copyright at the top of their list of must-haves in contract negotiations. Fewer register documents for copyright protection. Copyright protections under current law exist for you and Practice Coach explains more:

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Managing Risk Through Contract Language

Managing Risk Through Contract Language, one of the professional liability risk management tools available from Victor Insurance Managers Inc., reviews contractual demands by clients that could increase exposure or compromise professional liability insurance coverage and provides commentary and alternatives.

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Do You Know?

Do you know that the importance of documentation cannot be overstated? From the outset of a project, it is important to have a signed written contract in place that clearly sets forth your scope of services, compensation, and anticipated schedule, as well as the legal terms and conditions governing your relationship with your client. State…

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The Risks and Rewards of Integrated Project Delivery

Historically, the design and construction industry has created silos around the owner, designers, and builders in an attempt to protect each from liability. While this may have reduced exposure in some instances, it has resulted in a lag in innovation and productivity in the industry. Owners have experienced this firsthand, and many forward-thinking owners are…

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Webinar: The Risks and Rewards of Integrated Project Delivery

This webinar focuses on the unique risks and rewards that architects may face when participating in Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) contracts. Participants will better understand the value proposition that IPD can provide building owners, the benefits and potential risks for the design team (some of which could be uninsurable), and some options for mitigating the…

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Strategies for Managing Risk on Design/Build Teams

When you are looking to pick up the right contractor for your Design/Build team, the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) suggests that it should be a firm that you already know and with which you have done prior business. The report, Strategies for Managing Risk on Design/Build Teams, can guide you in developing an…

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Negotiating Contracts: Understand Your Risks

Architects are often faced with unreasonable contractual provisions generated by prospective clients or their attorneys. Onerous contract language can challenge an architect’s ability to protect public health and safety and threaten the very viability of the architect’s firm. This 90-minute webinar looks at the importance of clear, reasonable and coordinated contractual provisions and analyze non-standard…

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Protecting Your Practice from Others’ Negligence

When a design professional agrees to provide services for a client, that design professional assumes the same level of responsibility for those services whether they are performed directly by the design professional or by a consultant. Design professionals often must rely on the services of consultants who are not a part of the design team…

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Walking the Thin Line on Indemnification

With increasing frequency, architects and other design professionals are being asked (and in some cases, even required) to sign agreements in which they undertake to indemnify their clients against any loss that the clients may suffer in connection with projects for which the design professionals have provided services. In some cases, the indemnification clause is…

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