Which contracts photographers should consider using

Which contracts your clients should sign A photographer asked a great question about contracts recently: I would like to redo my contracts. Would like to know what do you get clients to sign before a shoot? Disclaimer: This note is a fairly broad overview of many of the major themes you, as a photographer, shouldContinue reading “Which contracts photographers should consider using”

How you could sell a car in 2034 without a hefty contract

This article was originally published on LinkedIn as “How I sold my car in 2034“. Prologue Contracts are increasingly complex and difficult to navigate, even with recent efforts to simplify the language we use. Much of this is the result of efforts to express complex and interrelated legal and compliance concepts in words and sinceContinue reading “How you could sell a car in 2034 without a hefty contract”

Open sourcing legal documents

I thought I was being relatively radical and progressive when I wrote about how the approaching legal documents business singularity but it seems I was just joining a crowd of progressives. Two recent posts caught my attention recently which illustrate this growing trend. In the first post, titled “Standardizing (vs. Reforming) Contract Drafting“, William CarltonContinue reading “Open sourcing legal documents”

Managing your contracts more effectively

Having your contracts prepared and signed is only part of your contract management process. It is usually also only the beginning of what could be a long relationship with your contracting party. It makes sense to give some serious thought to an ongoing contract management process for you business. Reasons for this include – LegislativeContinue reading “Managing your contracts more effectively”

Automated contracts, free legal documents and the singularity

I wrote about the coming legal practice singularity recently. Legal practice is changing rapidly and the prospect of a sufficiently advanced artificial intelligence to start taking over many legal research and similar tasks is fascinating. Unfortunately for many lawyers the wait may not be quite as long as it may take for such artificial intelligenceContinue reading “Automated contracts, free legal documents and the singularity”

Website terms and conditions are surprisingly complex

Website terms and conditions are pretty tough to do properly. They are on just about every website you come across on the Web and are so prevalent that it is easy to take them for granted and also assume that they are all pretty much the same. Often how a website terms and conditions (I’llContinue reading “Website terms and conditions are surprisingly complex”

The broken legal services model and the page count myth

The current legal services model is fundamentally flawed. At least certain common perceptions of the legal services model are. In my modest experience, clients, and a great many lawyers, see the legal services business as essentially being about two things: production of documents and/or time based attendances. Those perceptions do both clients and the legalContinue reading “The broken legal services model and the page count myth”

Plain language complexities in contracts

As you probably know by now, the Consumer Protection Act mandates contracts written in plain language. That means al that legal jargon few people understand should be removed and replaced with more straightforward language that the average person can understand, not just multi-lingual lawyers with a strong grasp of conversational Latin, Old English and Dutch.Continue reading “Plain language complexities in contracts”