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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

MO Chapter: Copyrights and Contracts for Architectural Design

Date(s): June 20, 2017

Time: 11:30 AM  CST - 2:00 PM  CST

Fischer Windows and Doors Showroom 2714 Mercantile Dr. St. Louis, MO 63144

Two important legal programs in one session - learn the best practices of Contracts and review Copyright Claims and Liens

1. Getting Paid in a Timely Manner

Every professional faces the challenge of collecting for their work in a timely manner. Clients may be slow to pay for a variety of reasons including cash flow problems, project frustrations or simple procrastination. Whatever the reason, a well prepared professional will be more efficient than an unorganized one. 
This program will help you appreciate the importance of a clearly written contract; identify the most important clauses to include in a contract; realize the best practices for documenting critical items during a project; and understand the most effective way to handle collections. When communication breaks down between a professional and the client collections become very difficult and are often met with counterclaims and accusations.

We will review the best practices in these areas: 
1. Do the Write Thing: Memorializing Your Terms Properly
2. Mind the Scope: Documenting Project Changes and Costs; and
3. Lien on Me: Securing Payment
4. Review of the ALA 2016 Contracts

2. Copyright Claims for Architectural Designs – A Devastating Trap for the Unwary. 

There has been a surge of copyright infringement suits by parties that have obtained federal copyrights for arguably basic home designs. This program explains the scope of copyright protection for architectural works and reviews the tremendous burden required to prepare a defense.

Learning Objectives:
1. To understand the requirements for obtaining a copyright for architectural work.
2. To understand the benefits of having a copyright.
3. To learn the elements of a claim of copyright infringement.
4. To understand the difficulties in defending against a claim of infringement.
Presenters: Josh Levy and Ken Slavens, Husch Blackwell LLP

ALA and AIA Approved for 2.0 LU.
Cost: $40 Members  / $50 Non-members includes lunch

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