Jaburg Wilk



  • Why Do You Fight so Hard to Protect Reputations?

    Why Do You Fight so Hard to Protect Reputations?

    Video Transcript:

    Reputations are critical to every one of us. It makes such a difference at work. It makes such a difference at home. From the Bible to Shakespeare, you find references about how important one's reputation is. As Shakespeare said, "He who filches my purse steals nothing. He takes that which I can get again, but he who steals my reputation steals everything with something that does not enrich him, … Read More

    Categories: Employment, Blog

  • The E-mail Conundrum

    The E-mail Conundrum

    Picture this, you are working on an important project with a fast approaching deadline when suddenly an email comes into your inbox and your computer makes a sound alerting you to this new email. What do you do? You know the answer for most people is that they open the email, thereby interrupting their work and train of thought on the time sensitive project. We all have been there and that new email is hard to … Read More

    Categories: Blog

  • Luck versus Skill

    Luck versus Skill

    I really like the podcast How I Built This.  Guy Raz interviews entrepreneurs about the businesses they have built. At the end of most of the interviews he asks each entrepreneur how much of their success they attribute to luck and how much they attribute to skill. The answers can be interesting, but it always makes me apply the same question to my business and those of my clients. Since first … Read More

    Categories: Blog

  • Feedback is Important

    Feedback is Important

    It is important to provide people with feedback in the workplace. Feedback should be positive or in the form of constructive criticism. Purely negative feedback accomplishes nothing and is the sign of a poor corporate culture.

    If you are providing positive feedback, make it meaningful. You should praise someone’s work or actions when it’s really deserved and you mean what you say. Being overly … Read More

    Categories: Blog

  • Who Can Issue a Stop Notice?

    Who Can Issue a Stop Notice?

    Video Transcript:

    What is a Stop Notice?

    A stop notice is a statutory form of notice that is a very powerful remedy for contractors and suppliers to ensure payment. Think of a stop notice much like a mechanics lien, except that instead of placing an encumbrance on real property, a stop notice places an encumbrance on money. It freezes the flow of money, usually from the lender, or from an owner, if it's owner … Read More

    Categories: Construction, Blog

  • Try New Things and Hold Yourself Accountable

    Try New Things and Hold Yourself Accountable

    It’s the first full week of a new year. I hadn’t decided what to write about when I saw a great quote from Anthony Bourdain. The last part of the quote caught my attention. He said “Open your mind. Get up off the couch. Move.”

    Given his television show and how he lived his live, he may be referring to traveling and new experiences. I read the quote expansively. I read it to say to be … Read More

    Categories: Blog

  • What is an Appraisal?

    What is an Appraisal?

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    Most first-party homeowners policies contain an appraisal provision. An appraisal provision is something that allows the insured and the insurer to resolve a difference about the amount of a particular loss.

    Most of these appraisal provisions have some common provisions. One, either party may invoke the appraisal provision by making a written request for appraisal. Two, within 20 days of that … Read More

    Categories: Insurance Litigation, Blog

  • Time for Your Annual Checkup 2019

    Time for Your Annual Checkup 2019

    Over the past few years if you have read my blog, you may have read about having a checkup for you and - if you have one - your business. This does not involve the doctor, but it does involve all the other professionals in your personal and business life. Based on the feedback that I receive each year, I have decided to make this topic an annual tradition.

    Some of you said, “What a great idea. I am … Read More

    Categories: Blog

  • Success


    As we head into the end of the year it is a good time to reflect on the past year and plan for the coming year. Was your 2018 a success? If not, will you have goals and a plan in place to try to reach those goals for 2019? Whether your year was or was not a success, have you ever thought about how you define success?

    We all look at success differently. For one person it may be to earn the most money they can. For … Read More

    Categories: Blog

  • Covenants and Conditions in Contracts

    Covenants and Conditions in Contracts

    Both real estate professionals and laypersons oftentimes are confused by the differences between covenants and conditions. In its simplest terms, a “covenant” is an agreement to do or to not do something. Covenants are unconditional promises found in contracts, and the failure of a party who makes such an agreement to abide by its terms will entitle the other contracting party to damages for breach of … Read More

    Categories: Real Estate, Blog