About Janice L. Gauthier
Janice L. Gauthier received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College. She began her career at the law firm of Sidley & Austin in Chicago, worked as Senior Attorney for The Marcus Corporation in Milwaukee and served as Vice President and General Counsel of a Milwaukee area real estate development company before fulfilling a long-cherished dream of starting her own business by establishing The Gauthier Law Group. She brings more than twenty years of experience to the representation of her clients. Ms. Gauthier is licensed to practice law in both Wisconsin and Illinois and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. For more detailed information on Ms. Gauthier's background and experience, please visit www.gauthierlawgroup.com.
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One of the most valuable assets of a health care practice is its location. If you do not own that location, it is extremely important that you secure the value of this key asset through a well-drafted medical office lease. To help you with this process, here are nine important points to keep in mind when negotiating a lease for your health care practice.
1. Remember That Everything is Negotiable.
Both landlords and brokers are notorious for telling prospective tenants that “everyone has signed this lease,” “it’s just a standard form,” or “no one ever negotiates my lease.” This simply isn’t true. Sophisticated tenants always negotiate their leases, and any term in a lease should be open to discussion. Remember that most leases are drafted by the landlord, and most landlords fill their leases with terms that are extremely favorable to the landlord, usually at the expense of the tenant. Continue reading →
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Yesterday, the Wisconsin Senate, by an overwhelming vote of 30 to 3, passed a bill that prohibits insurers from setting fees for dental and related services not covered by their policies. This non-covered services bill was approved by the Wisconsin Assembly in April and now goes to the Governor for his signature. To learn more about the details of this legislation, please see my earlier article entitled, “Wisconsin Assembly Approves Limits on Price Setting by Dental Insurers.”
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