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Articles by Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD

How to form a new practice entity

May 1, 2007

The weather in New York is beginning to improve after a long winter and my staff is fielding the usual rash of telephone calls from vets hoping to open new practices. And, though I am going to be giving a day-long lecture on the topic of new practice formation at the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference later this year, I thought now would be a good time to provide some useful pointers to veterinarians planning to set up shop in the near future.

Estate planning Face mortality to guard against a legal quagmire

Apr 1, 2007

Estate planning can be a real headache, but it is just one more thing that we do in order to protect our spouses and our dependents.

Forget comfort zone: Do your homework before signing that deal

Mar 1, 2007

I am a strong believer in the adage, "the harder you work, the luckier you get." But old adages usually come with caveats. Perhaps a better expression might be, "the harder you work, the luckier you get unless you don't work smart."

The art of seizing opportunity

Career success or failure depends on making wise business choices
Feb 1, 2007

Each had a blank slate to fill; the only difference may have been the decisions made during each doctor's professional life.

Veterinary law: Enter the age of enlightenment

Jan 1, 2007

As veterinary practitioners, we know that new and unanticipated challenges face us in a world of accelerating change and technological development. The media and particularly the Internet have altered both the level of information available to us and the level of expectations of our clientele.

The season to non-compete

Look at the terms
Dec 1, 2006

We are quickly approaching the time of year that my staff affectionately dubs the "non-compete season."

Non-compete clauses: make them reasonable

Nov 1, 2006

Non-competition agreements almost always hide issues involved when a veterinarian agrees to limit the scope or location of his or her right to practice veterinary medicine.

Guess what? Rules sometimes on a need-to-know basis

Nov 1, 2006

Ican't speak for every one of us, but I would have to say that for the most part, veterinarians tend to be people who have lived their lives following the rules.

Legally, puppy visits are never routine

Oct 1, 2006

In regard to legal troubles, expect it where you least expect it. As a veterinarian, I've had more than my share of employees, associate veterinarians and litigious clients.

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