Contracts

What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Boilerplate Contract Provisions (Part One)

Don't be fooled by the innocent looking boilerplate provisions at the end of your contract - they are more important than you might think. Nearly every contract concludes with a set of standard boilerplate provisions (sometimes called the miscellaneous section). These provisions deal with the interpretation of the contract's terms and enforcement of the contract. [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:43:55+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Contracts, Freelancers, Small Business, Startups|

Fellow Lawyers, Please Stop Writing Numbers Twice!

Writing numbers twice is unnecessary. It's legalese, hard to read, and worse, more likely to cause a mistake. Let's stop doing it! Let me explain why it should end... Many lawyers love to write numbers twice For example: "Louise agrees to work at Bob's restaurant for ten (10) hours on Saturday." Some lawyers say it provides clarity. [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:43:56+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Contracts, Opinion|

The Two Contracts Every Freelancer Needs

As a freelancer, you are more likely to succeed if you have a good set of contract templates to use with clients and subcontractors. In this post, we'll look at the two most important contracts every Kansas City freelancer should have in their freelancer contract library: a Client Agreement & a Subcontractor Agreement. Client Agreement When [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:43:57+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Contracts, Employees/Contractors, Freelancers|

If You’re Not Using Electronic Signatures, You’re Doing It Wrong!

Electronic signatures are valid in almost all situations. And if you want to make your business (or law firm) run as efficiently as possible, you should use them. In this post we’ll talk about about whether electronic signatures are legal, the benefits to using them, and how you can get started using them today. The [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:44:01+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Contracts, Freelancers, Legal Tech, Small Business, Startups|

How to Decide Whether to Hire an Employee or a Contractor

When hiring for your business you should carefully consider whether you need an employee or independent contractor because the differences are really important. If you hire an employee you will have more control over their work and performance, but you'll pay more to the government and have more administrative work. If you hire a contractor, you lose some [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:44:01+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Contracts, Employees/Contractors, Freelancers, Small Business, Startups|

Non-Compete v. Non-Solicitations – Differences You Should Know

Non-compete and non-solicitation terms are often misunderstood. And regardless if you are running a small freelance business or a high-growth startup, you need to understand the differences between these restrictive covenants. Key Differences A non-compete agreement is a restrictive covenant that prevents an employee from terminating her employment and opening or working for a [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:44:02+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Contracts, Employees/Contractors, Small Business, Startups|

Don’t Make This Common Mistake When Signing Contracts

Among the benefits of operating your startup or freelance business as a Limited Liability Company or Corporation is the limited liability for the company's owners. Limited liability means the company's owners will not be personally liable for the debts, obligations, and liabilities of the company. As a result, even if your company loses a lawsuit, your [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:44:03+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Contracts, Freelancers, Small Business, Startups|

Contract Law 101 – What is a “Contract”?

"Don't talk to me about contracts, Wonka, I use them myself. They're strictly for suckers." - Sam Beauregarde Sorry Sam, you're wrong. Contracts are very beneficial to businesses of all sizes. When you negotiate a contract, it forces you to think through your deal more thoroughly. Further, if a dispute arises, they can help the parties identify [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:44:04+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Contracts, Freelancers, Small Business, Startups|