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Tips for crafting an effective employee handbook

A good employee handbook clearly communicates workplace policy and expectations. On the other hand, a badly drafted document can lessen productivity and morale, and in some situations, even open you to legal liability.

New Hampshire employers in various industries and of any size can benefit from creating a handbook that reflects their particular company's values and expectations. Keeping the following tips in mind can help you develop a document that aligns with your needs:

Tips for creditors dealing with client bankruptcy

Personal bankruptcy filings under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 are quite common, and the general public often knows some of the basics surrounding these filings. Much of the focus on providing information regarding bankruptcy filings is aimed at the person or business filing for bankruptcy, but what about the creditors and lenders who now face not getting paid?

If you are a creditor who has extended credit to a client who later filed for bankruptcy, not all hope is lost for recovering what you are owed. You may need to enlist the help of an experienced attorney who handles creditor representation in bankruptcy.

Does a garden cause you to think about adverse possession?

In the state of New Hampshire, it is possible for your neighbor to gain title to property you thought was yours without your consent.

Adverse possession is common law that property owners often ask about since it involves encroachment on a piece of land. Fortunately, you can take action to protect your property from this kind of claim.

Judicial vs. Non-judicial commercial foreclosures

When real estate is your business, you have to make decisions that work best for you. Unfortunately, that sometimes includes commercial foreclosures.

In the state of New Hampshire, judicial and non-judicial foreclosures are available. It is important to understand the difference between the two in order to make the best choice for your situation.

Creditor rights in a bankruptcy

When you discover that someone who holds a loan or a line of credit with your company is declaring bankruptcy, your first concern may be what will happen to the debt. In the case of a mortgage, for example, it could be that the borrower intends to reaffirm the mortgage or voluntarily continue to make payments.

On the other hand, he or she could be planning to discharge the debt in the bankruptcy. If you find that you are on the list of creditors who should receive some amount of what is due to you after the liquidation of the debtor's assets, your new concern may be where you are in the order of payment. 

The land entitlement process

When you are searching for commercial properties with plans for development, the land entitlement process is one of the primary steps you must go through. Before you can do anything with a property, you must get approval for your plans through the local municipality, and often the county and state, as well.

Land entitlement determines what you can build, how you can build it, what the uses of the building can be and more.

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