Articles by Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD - Veterinary Economics
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Articles by Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD

Lease law: A river runs through it

Aug 1, 2006

As I write this month's submission, there is water streaming into the basement of my veterinary hospital.

When should I call my lawyer?

Malpractice lawsuits are different than threats and should be considered separately
Jul 1, 2006

My office routinely receives calls from frustrated or perplexed veterinarians who are wonder whether a specific matter or problem that they are involved with might require an attorney.

Justice: Who says it's fair?

Jun 1, 2006

I think it is again time to remember the distinction between fairness and justice.

Standards of care: Apply them evenly to all patients

May 1, 2006

A complete patient record will help you collect full payment through collection, litigation or otherwise.

Playing the odds, balancing the quality of care with the need to get paid could prove a costly gamble

Apr 1, 2006

Gift-certificate medicine: Go crazy with diagnostics and treatment modalities as long as you don't go over $100.

License defense: Are you prepared?

Even trivial complaints can create a board review that can rattle your nerves
Mar 1, 2006

Just because a complaint seems goofy or unfair, a practitioner still can shell out big bucks to defend a license.

Documents can't create a practice culture; people do

Employment contracts can help set expectations, but legal follow-through can hurt a practice in the long term
Feb 1, 2006

You cannot successfully create or alter a practice culture by drafting documents.

Legal War stories

Heady battle advice for associates, owners and soon-to-be retirees
Jan 1, 2006

A love note from the Empire State said it would seize the X-ray, ultrasound and Q-Tips to satisfy Oldtimer's sales tax obligations.

How to cut legal fees when starting or selling a practice

Nov 1, 2005

A retainer agreement should include a statement of hourly billing rates.


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