What can I do to avoid disputes?

Keep notes of all conversations or meetings.

Confirm important conversations and all agreements in writing with your signature, and keep a copy for your files.

Do not sign anything before you have thoroughly read the document and understand its contents.

If you are unsure of the effect of an agreement, contact an attorney. A small amount of time and money spent on legal advice now could save you a lot of headache later.

Keep a copy of everything you sign and everything you receive.

If a disagreement arises, remain calm and address it immediately.