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Articles by Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD

Brainstorm and simplify when planning estate; preparation helps family, business

Jan 1, 2004

The world only seems to get more and more complex, and the more we "grab life by the horns," the more complicated entanglements we face.

Handling a DVM's estate challenging; plan now

Dec 1, 2003

You'll never witness any shortage of complaints and dismay associated with being the spouse or significant other of a practicing veterinarian. There are the long hours and late nights. There are lots of parties you show up at late. Then, there are those movies and theatrical performances you only see part of; whether you miss the first third or the last third depends on when the emergency call comes.

For love or money; the decisions can be tough

Oct 1, 2003

Ever hear that expression, "I wouldn't do that for love or money?" I suppose that what the expression really means is that "I wouldn't do that for anything." The logical inference is that if there is no emotional or economic motivation, there isn't any motivation at all. In the law, and in the veterinary workplace, the truth of this inference plays out each and every day.

Should a veterinarian's work relationships be formalized?

Sep 1, 2003

This month, we begin a series covering a particularly relevant topic in veterinary law, yet one that is widely overlooked both by lawyers when they are counseling veterinarians and veterinarians as they seek out legal advice.

Volunteerism can put practice at risk for violations of labor laws

Aug 1, 2003

Last month we discussed the pressure tactics parents, uncles, aunts and friends of young people can use on us as veterinary practitioners to arrange for their favorite youngster to come into our clinics and "observe."

Volunteers in veterinary practice can pose problems

Jul 1, 2003

You don't have to be a veterinarian for very long before it happens to you.

Taxes, insurance often overlooked for contractors

Jun 1, 2003

In the first part of this series, we identified a number of problem areas that surround the employment relationship when a practice hires (perhaps a better word would be "enlists") a part-time or relief veterinarian.

Last in a four-part-series: Associate contracts

Apr 1, 2003

Don't overlook disability and pension benefits; make sure you understand documents; legalese can short-circuit best intentions

Third in a four-part series- Associate contracts: salary vs. production-basedcompensation

Mar 1, 2003

The initial two articles in this series on associate employment contracts dealt primarily with legal details of the contract; contract periods, renewal provisions and other esoteric elements that are commonly ignored when a new associate is considering a job offer.

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