The Buck Stops Here!

The Recession of 2007 – 2009 generated a great deal of blame and finger pointing. In my mind I visualize the recession as a “multi-car accident” with everyone fleeing the scene and pointing their fingers at the “other guy” as the responsible party. No one hung around to be accountable.

Actually in U.S. history, no one is more accountable than President Harry S. Truman, the haberdasher from Independence, Missouri. He inherited the “multi-car accident,” World War II, the Cold War, and global inflation. But on his desk was a reminder of a strong truth: “The Buck Stops Here.” Many do not know that prisoners in the Federal Reformatory at El Reno, Oklahoma, made this sign. On the reverse side of the sign are the words “I’m From Missouri.” [Read more…]

No Trespassing! Simple Advice for Future Protection

Many of my company’s clients have a second home in a remote location and they often ask, “Is it wise to post ‘No Trespassing’ signs?” The short answer is yes. I usually follow up with the ‘why’ in order to overcome the objections voiced by most individuals, who do not want to put forth the effort to post ‘No Trespassing’ signs properly.

In addition, the laws regarding trespassing are state specific. My comments are general in nature, and more specific guidance should be obtained from an attorney in your jurisdiction.

My concerns regarding trespass fall into two general categories: liability and conveyance. Liability is easily understood, if someone is hurt on your property, you may be liable. Conveyance is a more difficult topic to understand and is the one I routinely encounter in my practice.

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