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Topical Tuesday: Making Your Commercial Lease the Least of Your Problems

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Making Your Commercial Lease the Least of Your Problems: Practical Advice for Business Owners and Nonprofits

Commercial leases often contain provisions that business owners (especially new ones) have never encountered.  This can lead to headaches, frustration, and occasionally legal fees once an attorney gets involved.  Join us for a discussion of practical considerations to think about before you sign a commercial lease agreement to save your future self money, time, and the distraction of dealing with a lease issue while running  a business.


Samantha Wagner is a Staff Attorney at Iowa Legal Aid, where she provides legal services and representation to low-income entrepreneurs in both litigation and transactional matters. She previously worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid representing survivors of sexual violence. Samantha graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, and received her Bachelor of Arts from Drake University. She is admitted to practice law in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Texas. Samantha has extensive experience working with immigrants and works to provide culturally-competent and creative solutions to clients’ legal issues. In her free time, she works to destigmatize mental health, especially for the legal profession, and serves as a cultural ambassador for the Midwest.

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