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Put It in Writing!: Creating Agreements Between Family and Friends
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Put It in Writing!: Creating Agreements Between Family and Friends

by Deborah Hutchison, Lynn Toler
 

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Two media-savvy authors—Lynn Toler, Judge of TV’s Divorce Court, and Deborah Hutchison, creator of the award-winning “Bill Your Ex” system—offer concrete, conflict-free solutions to the difficult situations that arise between family and friends.

Did you ever lose a friend over an unpaid debt? Get stuck with a houseguest who has

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Two media-savvy authors—Lynn Toler, Judge of TV’s Divorce Court, and Deborah Hutchison, creator of the award-winning “Bill Your Ex” system—offer concrete, conflict-free solutions to the difficult situations that arise between family and friends.

Did you ever lose a friend over an unpaid debt? Get stuck with a houseguest who has no intention of moving out? Quarrel with a relative over use of the family car? For those who follow Toler and Hutchison’s wise counsel, these common disputes need never happen. Through dozens of true stories, they show how “putting it in writing”—creating a clear written agreement—prevents the kinds of bitter misunderstandings that can destroy relationships and devastate families. Here’s detailed advice on how to choose the right words—and enforce them, too. To make it really easy, they provide perforated forms with model agreements for lending money or property, adult children moving home, sharing a pet, taking care of aging parents, and more.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
TV Divorce Court judge Toler and production company executive Hutchinson advocate keeping the peace by creating written agreements for common situations involving people near and dear to each other. They offer simple contracts for loans of money or property, ensuring confidentiality, structuring shared parenting situations, and taking on a roommate. There is even a form of agreement between parents and teen drivers that outlines safety expectations, driving guidelines, and car maintenance responsibilities. The authors cover the elements of a rudimentary agreement, and discuss the enforceability of the document using communication, formal dispute resolution processes, and taking the matter to small claims court. In addition to forms for specific circumstances, there is a blank agreement that can be modified to suit any situation. The book takes a commonsense approach and uses examples to which readers will relate. VERDICT This is ideal for those looking for a primer in plain language to help them draft a simple contract. It will also fill a gap on the legal self-help shelves in public library collections.—Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402758706
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Toler presides on the nationally syndicated show Divorce Court. She’s a published author and a regular contributor to NPR. Toler earned her undergraduate degree in English and American Literature from Harvard and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. As a litigator, she tried cases at all levels, from municipal to common pleas to federal court. In 1994, she was elected Administrative Judge in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court, and during her eight-year tenure, she oversaw hundreds of small claims, domestic violence, assault, and stalking cases.

Deborah Hutchison is co-founder and CEO of Panther Productions Inc., a production company specializing in film, publishing, and product design. As a result of the challenging issues she experienced with her first husband, Hutchison created the “Bill Your Ex” system—a popular tool for collecting court-ordered support payments from spouses. For this original product design, Deborah was awarded the 1990 Lammie Award for “Best New Product in a Law-Related Field.” She has appeared in magazines and on syndicated talk and radio shows.

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