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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
In addition, we are also very excited to announce that we have started the Create Law Society - our Facebook group for all past purchasers of the Shop. We created this group because we know that the business owners who invest in the legal side of their business are the types of business owners that we want to network with, and the types of business owners we want to refer our clients to. If you haven’t yet, make sure you request to join the group after purchasing!
4. 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 30 minute review sessions to go over any questions you have regarding your template. However, I operate my business with ethics, integrity, and compliance with my industry’s laws above all else. I will not be dispensing legal advice in these sessions- the purpose is to clarify questions you may have. If you are not sure what is a “legal” question, I will let you know what you need to ask an attorney in your state. The need for the Creative Law Shop®, in general, arose because I know, from personal experience owning a calligraphy business, that there can be a disconnect between creative/wedding professionals, and attorneys (most attorneys still aren’t quite sure what I “do”!). Therefore, the review sessions were created to be an additional resource to help point creative entrepreneurs who are trying to do the right thing in the right direction. If you have state-specific questions about your contract, I encourage you to reach out to an attorney in your state. Discount codes do not apply to review sessions. If you’d like to schedule a review session, please purchase through the link here.
5. 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. We believe that in order to share about our contracts truthfully, affiliates must have used a contract template themselves. With that in mind, we are pleased to offer membership into our affiliate program exclusively to past customers of the Shop who have purchased contract templates, so that you can be rewarded for spreading the word about our business! You can apply to join the affliate program here.
6. WHAT ABOUT LIFETIME UPDATES? +
Yes, we do offer lifetime updates! We are in the process of building out platform now, which will allow you to download any updated versions of templates after purchasing.
7. WILL THIS COVER ME IN (insert State or Country of your choosing) STATE/COUNTRY? +
Paige Hulse is licensed in Oklahoma, and is not ethically permitted to speak to laws in other states or countries.
From Paige, “However, what I do tell customers from around the country is that while I can't speak to the specifications of your laws, I can tell you that starting with a template for an attorney in your jurisdiction to review will be much quicker (i.e. cheaper) than having that attorney start from scratch with drafting a custom contract. In addition, the templates are drafted in conjunction with a professional in each respective industry (i.e., a wedding planner for the wedding planning contract, etc), so the templates may have more industry-specific provisions than a lawyer unfamiliar with the creative industry.”
8. Help! I need Legal Advice! +
Based upon the bar's ethical considerations we cannot dispense legal advice via email or other forms of communication in the template shop. However, many general template questions can be answered in thewalkthrough videos.
Additionally, we are happy to chat more about your situation via an individual review session which you can book here.
9. I WOULD LIKE TO INQUIRE ABOUT A TRADEMARK OR CUSTOM, 1:1 WORK +
Please reach out to Paige Hulse Law here!
10. WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT THE TEMPLATE? +
Due to the nature of digital products, all sales are final. We do not accept returns or credits for discounts that have been valid in the past.
11. I NEED TO HIRE SOMEONE. WHAT DO I NEED? +
Typically, we recommend starting with The Legal Fundamentals of Hiring E-Book.
- 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 Virtual Assistant Agreement 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.
12. 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. The Legal Foundations E-Book is the best place to start!
- 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.
13. 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.
14. Independent Contractor Agreement Vs. Industry Agreement +
Overall, the independent contractor agreement is the most flexible agreement in our template shop; you will need to do the legwork on editing the agreement to fit the client and situation you're working on together, but that is typically the most adaptable agreement since you will likely be an independent contractor in all of these situations.
However, if there is industry-specific lingo that you need (i.e. a florist needs the rights for floral substitutions should the flower be out of season or arrive in the wrong color), then you will probably prefer the more industry based template.
Recently, we added additional provisions to the shop so if you have multiple offerings (i.e. a calligrapher that also provides graphic design services), you can access the industry-specific language without buying an entirely new agreement; saving you time and money! Access the add-on provisions here.
15. Calligraphy Agreement vs Stationery Agreement +
If you provide any sort of calligraphy in your business, the Calligraphy agreement will be the best fit, and there would be no circumstance whatsoever in which it would be necessary to also purchase the Stationery Agreement.
The Calligraphy Agreement contains a few provisions in addition to what the Stationery Agreement contains (such as liability in post offices' ability to read calligraphed envelopes; risk of loss in installing any large pieces like seating charts, language regarding the fact that calligraphy is done by hand, and no two envelopes would be exactly the same, etc). I wrote the Calligraphy Agreement for myself to use when I had my own calligraphy business, and these are uniques scenarios that I know firsthand from the industry. To provide some backstory, I ran a calligraphy business while practicing as a contract litigator before opening this firm.
On the other hand, I wrote the Stationery Agreement for a client who had a more typography-based business, meaning she primarily prints off typed envelopes, etc rather than calligraphing them. Because I had a good number of clients and customers whose businesses are like that, I've kept the Stationery Agreement as a stand-alone option.
To summarize: both templates are 95% the same; the Calligraphy Agreement has a few additional provisions specific to the hand-written nature of calligraphy. I only recommend the Stationery Agreement to typography-based businesses. Since you said you do provide calligraphy services, I would definitely recommend only the Calligraphy Agreement for you, and again, you would not need the Stationery Agreement in addition to that.