You want your business to be totally protected. But hiring a lawyer to whip it all into shape?
Well that’s just completely out of the question. Lawyers are wayyyy too expensive. And completely fussy. And just don’t “get” you. Well that was before you met me.
SO, I PRESENT TO YOU: Get it in writing
If you’re tired of…
Losing sleep over clients not paying you (or worrying about it!)
Chasing down people who copy your content
Not having your expectations met by service providers, interns, contractors
Feeling kind of ‘icky’ about certain affiliates or partnership arrangements
…THESE LEGAL TEMPLATES ARE MADE JUST FOR YOU.
These DIY Templates are here to make legalese, legal-easy! You will customize these documents yourself but the important legal bones are already in there for you! As soon as you purchase, they are sent right to your inbox and come with written instructions within the document so you can just fill it right out and get started with it immediately
ALWAYS needed when you’re working with a client 1:1 (even if it’s for free!). This document provides clear expectations and guidelines for your work together including payment, what your client can / cannot do with any materials you provide.
Graphic Designer Client Agreement
Cover your design booty with this Client Agreement that spells out who actually owns the designs once your job is complete. And obvi all the other important legal things such as cost, refunds, expectations + governing law.
If you’re selling an online / group program, this document is for you! It replaces the client contract and allows you to forgo collecting an actual signature! So long as the potential purchaser has the ability to review all of the terms BEFORE making a purchase, you are good to go. Best practice is to have a check box on the invoice that says “I Agree to the Terms” – link to the terms – and without checking the box, they cannot complete the purchase.
Terms and Conditions for your website
This document protects you from copycats! It’s basically a contract between your business and people who visit your website. It tells them what they can and cannot do with any of the copy, images, downloadables, etc. and also has some disclaimer language to protect your from your liability. For the full disclaimer protection, make sure you get the Website Disclaimer document.
All about protecting your liability! This document tells people who you are and who you are not and makes clear that that all materials on your website is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for actual legal, medical, mental health, financial etc. advice. Basically, this will cover your booty if someone takes something you say to heart rather than consulting you privately or an expert in a certain field.
Extended Payment Plan
Do you have a client that can’t make their full payment? This document will allow you to set up an extended payment plan for them. It’s a win-win: you still get paid for your work and they have the ability to spread out their payments if times get tough. This document will act as an attachment to the original Client Agreement the client signs, so all other terms remain the same.
Do you have someone working with you but not on a strict schedule such as a Virtual Assistant or an On-line Business Manager? If so, you definitely want to make sure the relationship is clear in writing. This document discusses payment, taxes, their role + of course lots of other legal stuff!
Affiliate / Referral Agreement
Are you launching a program and considering having affiliates and offering commission? This Agreement will provide how the affiliate relationship will work, how the affiliate can earn the commission, and when the affiliate can expect to receive the commission. You definitely want to make sure you have the terms in writing so the relationship is clear from the beginning!
Grab a testimonial from a current / former client but make sure you have their written permission to use their glowing review with this handy-dandy contract!
Confidentiality / Non-Disclosure Agreement
If you plan on sharing private information with someone outside of your business (potential partner, investor, etc.), this document will make clear that any information shared is to be kept confidential and cannot be shared with anyone else. This Agreement can help you rest easy at night knowing this information is safely guarded.
Are you going to have interns this season helping out your biz? Technically, interns are considered temporary employees and therefore must either be paid minimum wage or receive academic credit from their academic institution. So this document will discuss the payment or educational credit as well as making clear that any information the intern learns during their time with you, such as private client information, remains confidential.
Employee Offer Letter
(comes with instructions)
Are you thinking of hiring an employee? LOTS you need to know! You will now be responsible for setting up payroll, worker’s compensation insurance and potentially their health benefits. This offer letter will describe their job description, salary and protect your Company’s confidential information. Just as an FYI, most U.S. states hold that employees are “at will”, meaning they can quit or be fired for any legal reason. When hiring an employee, you really should make sure you work with a local lawyer to discuss all the nuances of the relationship as laws vary state to state and sometimes even by city.
If you plan on having a retreat, gathering or in-person event, you want to make sure the attendees sign a liability waiver in case they fall down or get injured! This document makes sure that they won’t come after you if something does happen.
If you’re going to have an event with sponsors, you want to make sure that you have a contract that spells out the relationship between you and the sponsor. This will include payment terms, payment plans, and what service(s) the sponsor will offer / what perks the sponsors receive.
Consent to Photo / Video
If you plan on using a client’s photo / video / testimonial in your business, you need their consent to do so. This easy to follow document will protect you as well as grant the client the peace of mind that you are not invading their privacy (eeks!).
Are you hosting an event where you will have speakers? Or are you attending an event as a speaker and the host didn’t have a contract? Grab this document to make sure that you’re covered. You definitely want clarity around payment, schedules + requirements.
Cease and Desist Letter
Did someone steal your program? Are they now selling it as their own? Unfortunately, this happens … a lot. This Cease & Desist letter template will give you the language you need to demand they stop!
If you’re hosting a retreat, you want to make sure you’re telling people what comes with the package as well as making sure you don’t get sued if someone gets injured on your trip. This document includes a liability waiver as well as a media release so you can take pictures and video for promotional purposes.
*Note: you should have a local lawyer review to make sure you’re complying with local travel laws.
Need a template you don’t see here? CONTACT ME HERE!
*please note note that by purchasing these documents, I am not your lawyer and it is not to be construed as legal advice. It does not establish an attorney-client relationship. While I do have a law degree, I am not acting as an attorney in this context
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Please read these Terms and Conditions (“T&C”) carefully. We reserve the right to change these Terms and Conditions on the Website at any time without notice, and by using the Website and its Content you are agreeing to the T&C as they appear, whether or not you have read them. If you do not agree with these T&C, please do not use our Website or its Content.
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If you view, purchase or access our Website or any of its Content, you will be considered our Licensee. For the avoidance of doubt, you are granted a revocable, non-transferable license for personal, non-commercial use only, limited to you only.
When you purchase or access our Website or any of its Content, you agree that
You will not copy, duplicate or steal our Website or Content. You understand that doing anything with our Website or its Content that is contrary to these T&C and the limited license we are providing to you herein is considered theft, and we reserve our right to prosecute theft to the full extent of the law.
You are permitted from time to time to download and/or print one copy of individual pages of the Website or its Content, for your personal, non-commercial use, provided that you give us full attribution and credit by name, keep intact all copyright, trademark and other proprietary notices and, if used electronically, you must include the link back to the Website page from which the Content was obtained.
You may not in any way at any time use, copy, adapt, imply or represent that our Website or its Content is yours or created by you. By downloading, printing, or otherwise using our Website Content for personal use you in no way assume any ownership rights of the Content – it is still our property.
You must receive our written permission before using any of our Website Content for your own business use or before sharing with others. This means that you may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, translate, sell, market, create derivative works, exploit, or distribute in any manner or medium (including by email, website, link or any other electronic means) any Website Content because that is considered stealing our work.
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You acknowledge that we have the right but not the obligation to use any contributions from you and that we may elect to cease the use of any such contributions on our Website or in our Content at any time for any reason.
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Any request for written permission to use our Content, or any other intellectual property or property belonging to us, should be made BEFORE you wish to use the Content by completing the “Contact Us” form on this Website, or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We very clearly state that you may not use any Content in any way that is contrary to these T&C unless we have given you specific written permission to do so. If you are granted permission by us, you agree to use the specific Content that we allow and ONLY in the ways for which we have given you our written permission. If you choose to use the Content in ways that we do not specifically give you written permission, you agree now that you will be treated as if you had copied, duplicated and/or stolen such Content from us, and you consent to immediately stop using such Content and to take whatever actions as we may request and by the methods and in the time frame that we prescribe to protect our intellectual property and ownership rights in our Website and its Content.Digital Millennium Copyright Act. We respect others’ copyright and intellectual property rights. However, if you believe that the Content on this Website infringes upon any copyright owned by you and was posted on our Website without your authorization, you may provide us with notice requesting that we remove the information from the Website. Any request should only be submitted by the you or an agent authorized to act on your behalf to email@example.com.
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As a Licensee, you agree that you are using your own judgment in using our Website and its Content and you agree that you are doing so at your own risk. You agree and understand that you assume all risks and no results are guaranteed in any way related to this Website and/or any of its Content. This Website and its Content are merely to provide you with education and tools to help you make your own decisions for yourself. You are solely responsible for your actions, decisions and results based on the use, misuse or non-use of this Website or any of its Content.
Our Website and its Content are for informational and educational purposes only. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we expressly exclude any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by you or others in connection with our Website and its Content, including without limitation any liability for any accidents, delays, injuries, harm, loss, damage, death, lost profits, personal or business interruptions, misapplication of information, physical or mental disease, condition or issue, physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual injury or harm, loss of income or revenue, loss of business, loss of profits or contracts, anticipated savings, loss of data, loss of goodwill, wasted time and for any other loss or damage of any kind, however and whether caused by negligence, breach of contract, or otherwise, even if foreseeable. You specifically acknowledge and agree that we are not liable for any defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of any other Website participant or user, including you.
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Errors and Omissions. We make no warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information on our Website or its Content. Every effort has been made to present you with the most accurate, up-to-date information, but because the nature of scientific research is constantly evolving, we cannot be held responsible or accountable for the accuracy of our content. We assume no liability for errors or omissions on the Website, its Content, or in other information referenced by or linked to the site. You acknowledge that such information may contain inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
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Indemnification, Limitation of Liability and Release of ClaimsIndemnification. You agree at all times to defend, indemnify and hold harmless our Company, as well as any of our affiliates, agents, contractors, officers, directors, shareholders, employees, joint venture partners, successors, transferees, assignees, and licensees, as applicable, from and against any and all claims, causes of action, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including legal fees and expenses, arising out of or related to our Website, its Content or your breach of any obligation, warranty, representation or covenant set forth in these T&C or in any other agreement with us.
Limitation of Liability. We will not be held responsible or liable in any way for the information, products or materials that you request or receive through or on our Website and its Content. We do not assume liability for accidents, delays, injuries, harm, loss, damage, death, lost profits, personal or business interruptions, misapplication of information, physical or mental disease, condition or issue, or otherwise, due to any act or default of anyone or any business, whether owners, staff, agents, joint venture partners, contractors, vendors, affiliates or otherwise, affiliated with us. We do not assume liability for any owners, staff, agents, joint venture partners, contractors, vendors, affiliates or otherwise who is engaged in rendering our Website or its Content, or in any way or in any location. In the event that you use our Website and its Content or any other information provided by us or affiliated with us, we assume no responsibility.
Release of Claims. In no event will we be liable to any party for any type of direct, indirect, special, incidental, equitable or consequential damages for any use of or reliance on our Website and its Content, or on those affiliated with us in any way, and you hereby release us from any and all claims; including, without limitation, those related to lost profits, personal or business interruptions, personal injuries, accidents, misapplication of information, or any other loss, physical or mental disease, condition or issue, or otherwise, even if we are expressly advised of the possibility of such damages or difficulties.
You are agreeing that you will not use our Website or its Conduct in any way that causes or is likely to cause the Website, Content, or access to them to be interrupted, damaged or impaired in any way. You understand that you are solely responsible for all electronic communications and content sent from your computer to this Website and its Content and to us.
You agree to only purchase goods or services for yourself or for another person for whom you are legally permitted to do so or for whom you have obtained the express consent to provide their name, address, method of payment, credit card number, and billing information.
You agree to be financially responsible for all purchases made by you or someone acting on your behalf through the Website or its Content. You agree to use the Website and its Content for legitimate, non-commercial purposes only and not for speculative, false, fraudulent, or illegal purposes.
You must use the Website and its Content for lawful purposes only. You agree that you will not use the Website or its Content in any of the following ways:
For fraudulent purposes or in connection with a criminal offence or otherwise carry out any unlawful activity
To send, use or re-use any material that is illegal, offensive, abusive, indecent, harmful, defamatory, obscene or menacing, threatening, objectionable, invasive of privacy, in breach of confidence, infringing of any intellectual property rights, or that may otherwise may injure others
To send, negatively impact, or infect our Website or its Content with software viruses or any other harmful or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings or any spam, whether intended or not
To cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety
To impersonate any third party or otherwise mislead as to the origin of your contributions
To reproduce, duplicate, copy or resell any part of our Website or its Content in a way that is not in compliance with these T&C or any other agreement with us.
Your participation, correspondence or business dealings with any affiliate, individual or company found on or through our Website, all purchase terms, conditions, representations or warranties associated with payment, refunds, and/or delivery related to your purchase, are solely between you and the merchant. You agree that we shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, damage, refunds, or other matters of any sort that incurred as the result of such dealings with a merchant.
Payment processing companies and merchants may have privacy and data collection practices that are different from ours. We have no responsibility or liability for these independent policies of the payment processing companies and merchants. In addition, when you make certain purchases through our Website or its Content, you may be subject to the additional terms and conditions of a payment processing company, merchant or us that specifically apply to your purchase. For more information regarding a merchant and its terms and conditions that may apply, visit that merchant’s Website and click on its information links or contact the Merchant directly.
You release us, our affiliates, our payment processing company, and merchants from any damages that you incur, and agree not to assert any claims against us or them, arising from your purchase through or use of our Website or its Content.
We reserve the right in our sole discretion to refuse or terminate your access to the Website and its Content, in full or in part, at any time without notice. In the event of cancellation or termination, you are no longer authorized to access the part of the Website or Content affected by such cancellation or termination. The restrictions imposed on you in these T&C with respect to the Website and its Content will still apply now and in the future, even after termination by you or us.
If you have any questions about these T&C, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated: May 2018
Submission, Storage and Sharing of Personal Data To use our Website or its Content, we may seek personal data including your name, e-mail address, street address, city, state, billing information, or other personally identifying information (“Confidential Information”), or you may offer or provide a comment, photo, image, video or any other submission to us when visiting or interacting with our Website and its Content (“Other Information”). By providing such Confidential Information or Other Information to us, you grant us permission to use and store such information.
Your Confidential Information is stored through by us internally or through a data management system. Your Confidential Information will only be accessed by those who help to obtain, manage or store that Information, or who have a legitimate need to know such Confidential Information. There may be an occasion where we may ask for demographic information such as gender or age, but if you choose not to provide such data and information, you may still use the Website and its Content, but you may not be able to use those services where demographic information may be required.
Viewing by Others Note that whenever you voluntarily make your Confidential Information or Other Information available for viewing by others online through this Website or its Content, it may be seen, collected and used by others, and therefore, we cannot be responsible for any unauthorized or improper use of the Confidential Information or Other Information that you voluntarily share.
Passwords To use certain features of the Website or its Content, you may need a username and password. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the username and password, and you are responsible for all activities, whether by you or by others, that occur under your username or password and within your account. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized or improper use of your username or password or any other breach of security. To help protect against unauthorized or improper use, make sure that you log out at the end of each session requiring your username and password. It is your responsibility to protect your own username and password from disclosure to others. We cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to protect your username, password or account information. If you share your username or password with others, they may be able to obtain access to your personal information at your own risk.
By using our Website and its Content you agree to enter true and accurate information on the Website and its Content. If you enter a bogus email address we have the right to immediately inactivate your account. We will use our best efforts to keep your username and password(s) private and will not otherwise share your password(s) without your consent, except as necessary when the law requires it or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary, particularly when disclosure is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to others or interfering with our rights or property.
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Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance We do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age in compliance with COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), and our Website and its Content is directed to individuals who are at least 13 years old or older.
Anonymous Data Collection and Use To maintain our Website’s high quality, we may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer the Website by identifying which areas of the Website are most heavily used, and to display content according to your preferences. Your IP address is the number assigned to computers connected to the Internet. This is essentially "traffic data" which cannot personally identify you, but is helpful to us for marketing purposes and for improving our services. Traffic data collection does not follow a user’s activities on any other Websites in any way. Anonymous traffic data may also be shared with business partners and advertisers on an aggregate basis.
Use of "Cookies" We may use the standard "cookies" (not the yummy kind!) feature of major web browsers. We do not set any personally identifiable information in cookies, nor do we employ any data-capture mechanisms on our Website other than cookies. You may choose to disable cookies through your own web browser’s settings. However, disabling this function may diminish your experience on the Website and some features may not work as intended. We have no access to or control over any information collected by other individuals, companies or entities whose website or materials may be linked to our Website or its Content.
Privacy Policies of Other Websites We have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of any other individual, company or entity whose website or materials may be linked to our Website or its Content, and thus we cannot be held liable for the privacy of the information on their website or that you voluntarily share with their website. Please review their privacy policies for guidelines as to how they respectively store, use and protect the privacy of your Confidential Information and Other Information.
Last Updated: July 2017