About the Author
Legal Lingo columnist Peter H. Tanella chairs Mandelbaum Barrett’s National Veterinary Law Center. He earned his JD from Quinnipiac University School of Law and served as a deputy attorney general with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General’s Division of Law, where he was general counsel to numerous state agencies. He has advised hundreds of veterinarians on practice acquisitions, sales, mergers, partnerships, joint ventures and associate buy-ins, the structuring of management service organizations, and the development of practice succession strategies. He may be emailed at email@example.com
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Legal IssuesNondisclosure agreements serve as deterrents to the unwanted release of critical business information.
Legal IssuesBeing penny-wise is pound-foolish for practice owners who forgo expert contract advice.
Legal IssuesVeterinary practices encounter the same risks as other businesses and pay the same high price for not taking threats seriously.
Government/RegulationsNoncompete agreements appear headed for extinction. Also, look for changes to independent contractor rules.
Government/RegulationsA fraudulent application can deliver costly ramifications before or after a hospital sale.
Human ResourcesQuitting her practice after negotiating to stay post-sale put the former owner on the losing side of a lawsuit.
Frequent communication, detailed job descriptions and all-encompassing employee handbooks put practice owners on firmer legal ground.
Pets can be injured — or worse — through sheer negligence or unforeseen events.
A New York court case serves as a cautionary tale about hospital protocols and client communication.