Read it! Sounds simple enough right? Just read whatever you’ve been given to sign, before you sign it and agree to whatever it is you are signing up for. Even though it sounds simple, it’s not always something that everyone does. Once you’ve signed something, it’s a lot harder to modify or change once you’ve already signed the agreement.
You want to make sure you read any agreements or contracts before you sign them. Too many times people will sign something thinking they signed something different based on what was said during the discussion. I know of a situation where someone purchased a car and it was $4,000 more on the document than what the sales person told her. She didn’t read the document. Another situation happened when I was attending an Emmy viewing party. I share that story in the video.
The bottom line is be sure to read what you are signing. If you don’t understand what you are signing or some part of the verbiage is either confusing or doesn’t sit well with you, seek the advice of an expert. A contracts attorney or contracts expert can help you with dissecting the language in the contract.
Remember one of the foundational principles that we discussed earlier in the series is Fair and Reasonable. Is it fair and reasonable to you after you read it? If not, don’t sign it until you are clear on what’s in it and you have determined it to be a fair and reasonable deal for you to sign.
Read it. It will save you a lot of grief and stress in the long run.
See you next week!
Eldonna Lewis Fernandez, MSgt USAF Retired