Updates

by Lisa K. Greer

Promotional correction on Advocating for Yourself

Yesterday, on my blog I mentioned running a promotional on my book, Advocating for Yourself: The Laypersons Guide to Contracts, Scams and Overcharging. Turns out, I'm not allowed to just yet, so I have scheduled it to begin January 29. My hope through this book is...

Billing Issues, Debt Collectors and Consumer Protection

I had surgery at the end of 2017 which necessitated physical therapy over a three month period, which included the first part of 2018. Billing for this in 2017 was perfect, with no issues. However, the rehab facility was purchased by another facility, so in 2018...

Ridiculousness in the Deal

The final concept in my 7 tips for contracts and business deals is Ridiculous. When I run across terms so one-sided, or so ridiculous in a contract, I have to question it and challenge the provider. In Advocating for Yourself, I cover in detail a click through...

The Ruse in the Deal

The 6th concept from my book, Advocating for Yourself, is Ruse. With the numerous scammers out there, as well as unethical business who will stoop lower than a snake’s belly to hook you into a deal, it’s difficult to sort out the good from the bad. They make it...

Recourse for the Consumer When Bullied by a Business

What happens when a lay person enters into a contract and things go wrong? As a consumer, there are protections in the law, and there are entities that govern just about every area of business from banking to medical care. A good rule of thumb is to ask someone in...

Minimizing Risks and Loopholes in Your Business Deal

The fourth concept in Advocating for Yourself: The Laypersons Guide to Contracts, Scams and Overcharging is Risk. Before I begin negotiating any contract, I assess the risk involved with the deal. Entering into a contract for a painter to paint a couple rooms in...

Dealing With the Fear of the Deal

Yesterday, I covered relationships in business deals. Today, I want to cover the second concept regarding contracts in my book, Advocating for Yourself. Relax. I say relax, because most of the everyday contracts we deal with are for a subscription, product, or...

7 Contract Negotiation Tips for the Layperson

In my book, Advocating for Yourself: The Laypersons Guide to Contracts, Scams and Overcharging, I cover contract review and negotiation tips. There are 7 concepts I focus on: Relationship, Relax, Review, Risk, Recourse, Ruse & Ridiculous. The book is not...

Overbooking Life

I have not written a post since the Christmas holiday season began in full swing. I tend to jam pack my days with activity. Even when I'm at rest and just chilling out, I'm never really idle. I usually have a craft, an iPad, or a book in front of me. Insert the...