We get it… sometimes, knowing what your business needs to be protected can be downright overwhelming. Come back to this page periodically for updates, and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions we haven’t answered here.
WHAT TEMPLATE DO I NEED?
First, have you taken the quiz? This quiz will ask you many of the same questions we would ask if we were speaking one on one. Of course, it’s not a foolproof system, so if questions remain after taking it, reach out to the team at email@example.com and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MY TEMPLATE?
For the convenience of my clients, I started drafting my contracts in a slightly different way than most: I break it into halves. Generally speaking, the first “half” contains the business terms, meaning you can go to town customizing this portion of the contract yourself. The “second half”? That’s where the “legal terms” are housed- so you know clearly what must stay in. Don’t worry, I walk you through each and every line (including noting the “first and second” halves in my video tutorial if you decide to purchase this item). Other than that, here is what you can generally expect in one of the templates:
intro paragraphs, so we know who the parties are, the effective date, and the purpose of the agreement
ALL of your payment and price terms (including payment schedules, timelines, refund policies deliverables, shipping and more)
a complete list of your services (when I say complete, I mean truly complete)
pesky provisions you may need but aren’t sure how to word, like confidentiality, exclusivity, creative license, and more)
intellectual property terms, such as who owns what’s created (plus options for scenarios arising in the future)
paragraphs that may be awkward to talk about, such as cancellations, reschedules, no-shows, etc.
and all of those “legal” paragraphs that only experience in a courtroom can teach you to look for, like remedies, warranties, limitation of liability, employment status of the parties, Force Majeure, and more than 10 others.
After working as a litigator in a a contract-heavy industry, I take great pride in the integrity of the work I produce. While it’s impossible to list out everything contained in the templates, I can say with confidence that my templates are drafted to be inclusive of your needs. Each template is drafted by an attorney, peer-reviewed and then reviewed by an industry professional with at least 3 years of industry experience. Your template will contain provisions that only experience in the courtroom can teach, in addition to “business provisions” that only years of experience as an industry professional can bring.
WHAT DO I GET WITH MY TEMPLATE
Upon purchasing, you’ll receive access to a PDF instruction guide, and the option of purchasing a video tutorial walking you through every inch of your contract, as if we were sitting down reviewing it together. My goal is that this video will not only clarify any questions you may have, but will also be a useful tool to have on hand as you walk your own client through the contract. While this video is intended to answer all of your questions at the outset, we also offer review sessions for any additional questions.
How do I join the affiliate program?
One of our core values as a business is to operate with integrity, and to provide products that allow others to do the same. With that in mind, we are pleased to offer membership into our affiliate programs exclusively to past customers and clients of the Shop, so that you can be rewarded for spreading the word about our business!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY TEMPLATE?
While each of the Creative Law Shop templates comes with directions, I completely understand that you may have further questions! Right now, I am offering 15 minute sessions to go over any questions you have regarding your template. However, if you have state-specific questions about your contract, I encourage you to reach out to an attorney in your state. If you’d like to schedule a review session, please purchase your session then reach out to our team.
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT THE TEMPLATE?
Due to the nature of digital products, all sales are final.
I NEED TO HIRE SOMEONE. WHAT DO I NEED?
For starters, who are you hiring? If you are hiring an intern, you will need either an intern or extern agreement. Hiring a VA or Contractor? You’ll need a VA or Independent Contractor Agreement. Hiring an employee? You will need an Employment Agreement. Each of these templates contains a confidentiality provision, but if you want additional nondisclosure/non-compete language, you may also need the NDA template.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TERMS & CONDITIONS AND TERMS & CONDITIONS OF SALE?
Your terms and conditions is the document that you should keep on your website at all times- this is the contract that governs visitors’ use of the Site. On the other hand, your Terms & Conditions of Sale is a document you need if you are making online sales. This is the contract that governs the transaction with your customer, and will list terms such as your return policy, risk of loss, etc.
WHAT DO I NEED TO START MY BUSINESS?
This is a tough one to answer in general terms, but you must think of your business in three areas: client relationships, business fundamentals, and online legality.
If you are starting your business from the ground up, you should be forming an LLC. If you have an LLC, you absolutely need to have an operating agreement. Here’s why. As a note; if you don’t have a one, a judge could do something called “pierce the corporate veil”, which would render your LLC useless. You don’t want that.
Finally, if you deal with ANY client in any capacity, you need a contract. For example, if you’re a photographer, you need to have a photography contract. Even if you just sell online products- you need to have an online terms and conditions of sale.