I strive to provide my clients with the contracts and agreements that best fit their specific business needs in language that my clients and the other parties can understand. Working closely with my client, we make sure that the agreement truly reflects the intent of the parties to that agreement (something that you cannot count on from a contract downloaded off the internet) and that it contains properly negotiated legal protections that my client needs (without breaking the bank). Over the years, I have drafted many kinds of contracts – employment contracts, non-disclosure agreements, supply contracts, service contracts, SAAS contracts, licensing contracts, invoice forms, joint venture agreements, partnership agreements, lease agreements (including cell tower lease agreements). I consider it my responsibility to research my client’s business and its industry (at my cost) before drafting an agreement to make sure I both understand the client’s specific business needs and the current best practice in that field.
I have exchanged a few emails with a guy that I am going to share some business with – and we’ve agreed verbally on main terms of our deal- why do I need to write it down?
While a court might consider the contents of your emails and your testimony as to the terms of the deal as evidence of your agreement, it is only evidence of an oral agreement. At the very least, it will be very expensive to even prove the existence of that agreement. If you have a valid written agreement with the other party you are doing business with, you will have a much easier time enforcing the agreement. Assuming you have a properly drafted agreement, the other party who is in default will be held liable for your attorneys’ fees and other costs in enforcing that agreement.
I can download all kinds of contracts from the internet, why do I need you to draft an agreement for me?
If you simply download a template from the internet, you cannot be sure that that template actually fits your business needs, properly protects your interests or is even compliant with Connecticut law. Most contracts and agreements contain various risk allocations between the parties. Most of those allocations are contained in the ‘fine print’ of a contract. One contract may favor the buyer, another may favor the seller. It is important to have an attorney review and draft your important contracts to ensure that you have the legal protection you need.
I have been using the same invoice form since 2010 – is that ok?
It is advisable to update your invoice form every three to five years – as long as you are not aware of any major change in the laws that govern your industry (in which case you should have the form reviewed before that major change becomes law).