Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve included a good number of answers to common questions below. These are specific to our Contract Shop. For more about entrepreneurial legal issues, check out our Free Resources

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If you have questions about the contract shop, contact us to see if we can help. But note that we can't answer legal questions unless you engage our law firm.

Templates v. Attorneys

 

Is a template right for me?

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.

Will the template work in my state?

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.

Should I hire a lawyer?

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.

If I buy your template, does that make you my lawyer?

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.

Can I hire you as my lawyer?

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.

 

Selecting the Right Template

 

Which template is right for me?

We’ve tried to make this as easy as possible. For now, we have three types of templates:

– Templates to protect confidential information.
– Templates to use with your clients.
– Templates to use when you hire someone.

Which client agreement template is right for me?

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.

Should I hire an employee or independent contractor?

This is a very important question and answering it correctly is very important. To learn more, please review this guide.

Which contractor template is right for me?

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.

What’s the difference between Unilateral and Mutual NDAs?

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.

 

Contract Shop in General

 

What are the terms of my purchase?

Your purchase is subject to our License Terms.

Are there restrictions on what I can do with a template?

Yes. You can view those in our License Terms.

What’s your refund policy?

Due to the nature of the template deliveries, we usually do not offer refunds. However, if you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us and we will do our best to resolve your concerns. Learn more in our License Terms.

What exactly am I buying?

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.

Can I edit the templates?

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.

Is my purchase secure?

Yes! Our website is secured using SSL/https and all purchases are technically made through Gumroad. You can read more about their security here.

What do I do if I didn’t receive the template I purchased?

This really shouldn’t happen. If it does, it is likely just a tech issue. Contact us and we will fix it right away.