Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve included a good number of answers to common questions below. These are specific to our contract shop.
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Templates v. Attorneys
It depends. The thing to understand is that templates are somewhat generic in nature. They are not intended for any one specific scenario, but rather, for a broad range of scenarios. You may find that a template is all you need. However, if you think you need more one-on-one legal advice, you should definitely speak to an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.
This is a really complicated question, but we’re providing the best “simple” answer we can below. If you have questions on this, please contact an attorney licensed in your state.
The laws in each state differ in various ways. For example, some states enforce non-compete agreements, while others don’t. Accordingly, it is nearly impossible to draft a template agreement that will work perfectly in every state. Also consider that federal laws (as opposed to state laws) govern some areas of law – and for those areas, the law is more or less the same nationwide.
The templates on our site were not drafted with any specific state in mind. They were drafted to be generally applicable and to work, to the greatest extent possible, nationwide. With that said, we cannot guarantee that each provision in each template will be enforceable in every state.
It depends. If you need advice specific to your scenario, or if your scenario involves a lot of risk, you should speak to an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.
No. Absolutely not. We want to be very clear about this.
If you purchase a template on our website, that does not make us your lawyer or you our client. The only way to engage Venture Legal or its attorneys is to (a) discuss the potential engagement with us; and (b) sign an engagement letter with us. Just to be clear, by purchasing a template through this website, you are not creating any kind of attorney-client relationship with us.
Maybe. Venture Legal practices law in Missouri and Kansas (specifically in the Kansas City metro area). Whether we can be your lawyer is dependent on various factors including whether we are a good fit, whether we practice in the area in which you need services, and whether there are any conflicts. The only way to engage Venture Legal is to (a) discuss the potential engagement with us; and (b) sign an engagement letter with us. If you’d like to discuss engaging us, please contact us.
Selecting the Right Template
We’ve tried to make this as easy as possible. For now, we have three types of templates:
- Templates when a client hires you or your business to perform services.
- Templates when you hire an employee or independent contractor to perform services for you.
- Templates to use when you and/or another party needs to protect their confidential information.
There are two types of client agreement templates on our site.
The “Standard” version is an agreement intended for just one project. You can reuse it with a client multiple times if you’d like (or just renew it) or you can just use it once with a client.
If you plan to do multiple projects for the same client, then the “MSA/SOW” version might be better for you. It includes an MSA to cover the essential legal items that will apply to your relationship; and then SOWs that cover project-specific terms. After signing the MSA, you can then sign one or more SOWs for individual projects.
This is a very important question and answering it correctly is very important. To learn more, please review this four-part blog post series.
There are two types of contractor agreement templates on our site.
The “Standard” version is an agreement intended for just one project. You can reuse it with a contractor multiple times if you’d like (or just renew it) or you can just use it once with a contractor.
If your contractor will be doing multiple projects for you, then the “MSA/SOW” version might be better for you. It includes an MSA to cover the essential legal items that will apply to your relationship; and then SOWs that cover project-specific terms. After signing the MSA, you and your contractor can then sign one or more SOWs for individual projects.
The words “simple” and “formal” don’t have a legal meaning here. We just use them to distinguish between the two options. Although the “Simple” NDA is only a page and a half long, it still covers the essential confidentiality terms you need to protect confidential information, but it doesn’t get into as many of the “legal” terms you see in many contracts. Conversely, the “Formal” NDA is three pages long, covers everything in the “Simple” NDA, and also includes typical “legal” terms such as remedies, governing law, notices, and more.
With a Unilateral NDA, only one party is agreeing to non-disclosure and non-use obligations. With a Mutual NDA, both parties are agreeing to those obligations.
The Contract Shop in General
Yes. You can view those in our License Terms.
You are buying a Microsoft Word Document (.docx). It includes everything described on the product page. It also includes comments in the side bar, which help you to fill in the blanks in the contract.
Yes! Since you will receive a Microsoft Word Document, you will be able to edit it in any way you see fit. However, we obviously can’t guarantee anything regarding the impacts your changes will have on the other contract terms. We advise you to edit with caution.
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