is common knowledge that people hardly read all those ‘terms and conditions’
before clicking ‘I agree’ when buying an app online or something of the sort.
Or sometimes, a person just slips a piece of paper with different write-ups and
asks you to sign it. Many of us go right ahead to sign without reading its
is not very advisable as most contracts contain information or clauses that
should be read and understood before signing.

is this story making the rounds about an artiste who entered into an agreement
with a record label, where the record label gets 70% of proceeds while the
artiste is left with 30 %. The first thing that popped into my mind was why any
lawyer would advise his/her client to sign such ridiculous terms. Classic case
of ‘monkey dey work, baboon dey chop.’ It doesn’t matter if that is what
is prevalent in that sector, life is all about negotiations and setting new
is hardly a good idea to sign any contract without getting a lawyer to read
through, particularly the small prints and legal jargons that may be included
in it. There are different clauses to look out for in a contract to be certain
that it is in your favour or at the very least, that it suits both parties.
when making a gentleman’s agreement, one should remember that not every
self-acclaimed gentleman is actually a gentleman.
people, please always read any document before appending your signature. More
importantly, get your lawyer to read it and explain the terms of the contract
to you in clear terms. It is one of the reasons they went to law school,
lawyers are trained to see and interpret things you might omit or not
understand. Many lawyers are trained negotiators and can get you very good
deals without signing away your birthright. 
remember this; the words embedded in a contract are not for decoration. They
actually mean something and it is best to know what they mean before signing
it, to avoid stories that touch the heart.
it from the rooftops…read that contract before signing!

Ed’s Note – This article was originally published here