5 Legal Steps Landscapers Can Take If A Client Is Unjustifiably Withholding Fees Payable

If own a landscape design business you will experience negative issues that also befall other business types, and unfortunately, they tend to adversely affect smaller businesses more than they do larger ones. One which causes some of the most angst is when a client refuses to pay what they legitimately owe for the work which has been done, and in this case, it would be for a landscape design.

Now, let us be clear we are not talking here about situations where a client quite rightly refuses to pay for a product or service which does not meet the agreed standards. In those scenarios, we fully support the right of any person or any business to demand that a contract is fulfilled and fulfilled to an acceptable standard.

We are sure that all the landscaping work you do is professional and doubtless has received positive reviews and testimonials from your many happy clients. As such, we are not talking here about a client withholding money justifiably, but them doing so unjustifiably and for no other reason than they do not wish to pay their fee as stated in the contract they signed.

If this were to happen to you, we are sure you are wondering what steps you can take, and our first advice would be to ensure that any step you take is legal. We have seen stories of landscapers taking the law into their own hands and destroying landscaping work they have completed due to a client not paying, and whilst it might produce a degree of satisfaction, it is neither helpful, unlikely to be legal, and worst of all, it will certainly not see your fee being paid.

Assuming you wish to remain on the correct side of the law, you are presumably hoping we are going to suggest ways you can get the client who unreasonably refusing to pay you to do so, and we are, with the following five steps to recover monies owed to your landscaping business.


A Legal Expert's Guide to Laser Eye Surgery

A Legal Expert’s Guide to Laser Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery is becoming increasingly popular as a means to correct vision problems. It can be a difficult decision to make, however, as it can be costly and there is some risk of side effects. As such, it is essential to obtain correct and accurate information before making any decisions regarding laser eye surgery. This blog post is intended to provide an overview of the procedure, the potential benefits and risks, and the legal aspects of laser eye surgery. It is written by an experienced legal expert who has been advising clients on the subject for many years. The goal is to provide an informed and unbiased overview that will help the reader make an informed decision. We hope that this guide will be of use to those considering laser eye surgery and will assist them in navigating the legal aspects of the procedure.

1. Understanding the risks and benefits of laser eye surgery

Understanding the risks and benefits of laser eye surgery is an important initial step in determining whether or not the surgery is right for you. Laser eye surgery is an outpatient procedure that uses a laser to reshape the cornea, resulting in improved vision. It can be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Possible risks from laser eye surgery include infection, dry eyes, and loss of vision. It is important for potential patients to know that the procedure is not suitable for everyone due to the cost of laser eye surgery and that certain medical conditions may make it inadvisable. However, the benefits of laser eye surgery are undeniable – most patients achieve 20/20 vision or better, and many are able to dispense with glasses and contact lenses altogether.

2. Knowing the different types of laser eye surgery

The second step in understanding laser eye surgery is to know the different types that can be performed. The two main types of laser eye surgery are LASIK and PRK. LASIK is the most common form of laser eye surgery, where a surgeon uses a laser to reshape the cornea to improve vision. PRK stands for Photorefractive Keratectomy, and it is similar to LASIK but without the creation of a flap in the cornea. LASEK, or Laser Assisted Sub-epithelial Keratectomy, is another type of laser eye surgery that is similar to PRK, but the surgery is slightly more involved and the healing process is longer. It is important to understand the differences between the different types of laser eye surgery so that you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you.


State By State Details Of Australian Landscaping Licenses

State By State Details Of Australian Landscaping Licenses

Whilst we are sure landscapers love to focus on the work they do in transforming the gardens and outdoor spaces of their clients, unfortunately, there are also administrative obligations that they must deal with. Some relate to health and safety, others to consumer law, and for landscapers based in Australia, they also need to ensure that they have the appropriate licences to carry out the work that they do.

This is especially the case when landscapers carry out structural landscaping where they may be constructing fences, ponds, and retaining walls. Where the difficulty comes is that there is not a one-size-fits-all licence across Australia. Instead, the licences that landscapers need will be issued by the respective state authorities where they are based as outlined below in alphabetical order.

Australian Capital Territory

ACT does not issue specific landscaping licences, but it does require that a business holds a Class D builders licence if carrying out building work. In addition, their Class D licence may be granted with endorsements permitting landscapers to construct structures not regarded as habitable such as pergolas and patios.


Legal Agreements Used By Landscaping Businesses

3 Common Legal Agreements Used By Landscaping Businesses

Something you might not immediately associate with landscapers would be legal documents, however, for landscaping businesses,  to protect their interests and to operate within certain regulations, they often need to use them. The specific documents landscapers use will be influenced by the size of the business, what services it offers, and what state it is located in.

In particular, there are three formal agreement documents that you will find, not just landscaping businesses use,  but businesses of all kinds. These three agreements are Service Level Agreement, Employment Agreement, and Partnership Agreement. Read on and you will discover exactly what these agreements are and when they should be used by a landscaping business.

Service Level Agreement

What Is It?

A service level agreement, or SLA, is the contract that is created between a client and the landscaping business about their landscape design. It outlines in detail what work the landscapers have agreed to undertake and the expectations related to the services provided. It is created so that both parties are fully aware of their respective obligations so that no misunderstandings occur. Specific details that should be included in an SLA are:


The Safest Ways To Legally Purchase A Bali Villa

The Safest Ways To Legally Purchase A Bali Villa

Anyone contemplating starting a tourist rental business will have many hurdles to overcome before booking guests. These include finance for the investment, property management, and how to market the villa to attract guests. However, before any of that can happen, they need a villa to rent to tourists, which can provide the biggest hurdle of all.

It is a difficult hurdle to overcome because, in Bali, which is governed by Indonesian law, it is illegal for a foreign individual to purchase land or property. Before you tear up your plans for your Bali villa business, let us state that there are workarounds, some of which are perfectly legal and sound, and some which, whilst legal, carry huge risks. Here are some of your options based on first-hand knowledge from the professionals at Luxury Villas Bali.

Use A Nominee

By far, it is the riskiest option, which needs massive due diligence and care. The nominee is an Indonesian citizen with the right to buy property in Bali. What happens is you fund the purchase, but the title for the property goes into their name. To protect yourself, you would have a notary draw up an agreement between you and the nominee, but these are far from watertight, and if the nominee goes rogue on you, it can be a costly experience.


Why You Would Send A Cease And Desist Letter

If someone does something which you believe to be wrong, or harmful to your business, you do not always need to instruct your commercial lawyer to start court proceedings. For a start, not every so-called wrongdoing warrants a court case, and besides, there are other options available to you.

One of those options is to send the person or the business who you believe has stepped out of line, a cease and desist letter. These are letters sent, normally by a lawyer, to a third party who you believe has undertaken an activity or an action, which could be infringing your rights, or harmful to you.

Some of the most common reasons for people sending a cease and desist letter are:


7 Common Questions About Drug Offences

It can often be the case that a person has entered a drug rehab program or facility, but at the same time, they have the cloud of a possible drugs charge hanging over them. Whilst entering drug rehabilitation might show good intent for the future, it, unfortunately, cannot erase the past and negate the fact that they may have been arrested and face being charged with a drug offence.

No doubt they will have many unanswered questions relating to drug charges, so, to provide some clarity, we have listed 7 common questions and provided what we believe are the most straightforward answers to them.

Question #1 – What Are The Possible Charges Relating To Drug Offenses?

There are several charges that can be brought against someone under most drug laws that exist. The list includes:


4 Essential Legal Steps To Successfully Purchasing A Business

4 Essential Legal Steps To Successfully Purchasing A Business

Owning your own business is a dream for many, and that is understandable given that the rewards a successful business can bring are significant. One way to shortcut the process is to buy an existing business, but the process involves many pitfalls, and as some of them are legal, having the advice and support of a commercial lawyer throughout the purchase process is essential.

Not every aspect of buying a business will be a legal one, with matters such as business finances, new branding, media announcements of the change of ownership, and many others, not all necessarily requiring the help of a commercial lawyer. Nevertheless, having a commercial lawyer being given an overview of everything will ensure that nothing happens that may come back to cause you a major legal headache.

Whilst every sale and every purchase of any existing business will have their own peculiarities, at the core of most of them will be four essential legal steps. These four legal steps need to be navigated correctly to ensure that the purchase of your new business can proceed without any major hurdles or more to the point that it does not fall through altogether. We have covered each of them in some detail: Review of the Contract, Amendments, Review of the Commercial Loan Agreement, Exchange and Settlement of the Contracts.


Advice On Finding The Best Lawyer For Your Dental Practice

Advice On Finding The Best Lawyer For Your Dental Practice

There are many reasons why any dentist might wish to retain the services of a lawyer. Some are positive, some negative, and some are run of the mill, but whatever the reasons, ensuring that you choose the correct lawyer to represent you is something which should be done with some thought.

Whilst all lawyers will have gone through the tried and tested route in terms of university and legal exams, not all operate in the same way, nor have the same success rate, and therefore it is not enough to simply assume they are going to provide you with more or less the same type and level of service.

As such it will pay dividends for you to take just a bit of time to think about which lawyer you are choosing as bear in mind this is someone who potentially might be in court someday, defending your business. As we said in the intro, there can be negative reasons for you needing a lawyer, such as being sued by a patient for malpractice, so do not make this decision lightly.

It is important to also remember that although you are the one paying a lawyer for their services, they are not there to simply roll over and agree to everything you ask or tell them to do.



Why Trespassing Can Be A Shortcut To A Criminal Record

It may not seem like the most serious offence that a lawyer may have to represent their client for, but trespassing is a crime and one for which conviction and punishment can leave the offender with a criminal record.

For a first offence, you might be given a fine, or maybe even released on the proviso that you pay a bond, especially in cases where the trespass was not deemed especially serious, and no damage or loss occurred.

However, do it again, and you can expect the penalty to be more severe with probation, community service, and ultimately, imprisonment, all possible punishments.

Hopefully, you are a law-abiding citizen, and never likely to face any of those penalties, but given that a surprisingly large amount of confusion exists with regards to trespassing law, we thought we would help you make sure.

Part of the problem is that trespass law comes under both criminal law and tort law. Tort law relates to civil matters, whereby someone could sue for damage caused due to trespass.  For this reason, many are under the illusion that trespassing is purely a civil matter, and only find out it is actually a criminal matter too, when they are arrested.

The legal definition of trespass is entering private or specified public places without permission unless it was for a legitimate reason. The sort of public places covered by this include schools and health facilities. Private places include private land, homes, and business premises.