contracts

Every business needs contracts. Contracts can be oral or written and express or implied. Contracts outline an agreement between two parties and should specify things like date, method, and frequency of payment, what services or goods shall be provided under the agreement, and what should happen if one party breaches the contract.

I have found the contract drafting process to be a great business planning tool. In drafting your contracts, we will consider how to handle certain issues before they happen. Contracts are a preventative tool. The internet is full of contract templates. My goal is to provide you with custom contracts to fit your business’s needs. The first step in the process is for me to learn how you operate in order to tailor the contracts to fit your business model, goals, brand, and tone.

There is no technical title for any contract. Many types of contracts go by alternative names. For clarity, I categorize contracts into three buckets.

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pre-retainer contracts

"Pre-retainer contracts" is a term I use for the agreements you will provide to potential clients before you retain the client and have that client sign your service agreement. The most common example is a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). If you're exchanging private information to discuss or negotiate fees, it’s typically a good idea to first sign an NDA. Other documents, while not necessarily technical contracts, that I include in this bucket are items like intake forms, assessments, and similar documents.

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client contracts

These are the client facing contracts. The typical example is the client service agreement. This agreement will outline payment amounts, deadlines, and scope of services. Your client contracts should also include standard provisions such as dispute resolution, and choice of law, among others. Documents like master service agreements, statements of works, and retainer agreements are all various forms of client contracts. 

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internal contracts

Internal documents are those that are not seen by your client. These are the documents you have between partners, employees, and contracts and include your partnership agreement, bylaws, operating agreement, employee handbooks, employee contract, and independent contractor agreements

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Transparent Rates

contract Review

Rate = $250 + $20 Per Page after 10 Pages

Multiple Contracts - Example: If you needed a client agreement, independent contractor agreement and an NDA reviewed, the base rate would be $100, then the charge would be $20 per page after ten total pages. Thus, if all three agreements totaled 20 pages, the total fee would be $300. If you only needed one, five page document reviewed, the total would be $100, the base rate.

 

You can think of contract review like you would a copyeditor. The attorney reviews the documents for clarity, legal pitfalls, and other issues or errors. I also will help clients customize form contracts they may have been using to make certain that they best work for the client.

All contracts vary in difficulty. Some are more straightforward following industry norms. My rate for a straightforward document review is $10 per page. I charge $15 or $20 per page for complex documents involving complex tax provisions, multiple parties, etc.

* I charge a $100 minimum. If you have multiple 1-10 page documents, the rate will be based on the total number of pages.

contract drafting

Rate = $400 + $30 Per Page after 10 Pages

Multiple Contracts - Example: If you needed a client agreement, independent contractor agreement and an NDA drafted, the base rate would be $200, then the charge would be $30 per page after ten total pages. Thus, if all three agreements totaled 20 pages, the total fee would be $500. If you only needed one, five page document drafted, the total would be $200, the base rate.

 

Now-a-days, it’s easy to find form contracts online. I caution clients in using these documents. They may not be state or industry specific and may include flat-out unenforceable or poorly drafter provision. Custom tailored documents also make businesses look more established in front of clients.

All contracts vary in difficulty. Some are more straightforward following industry norms. My rate for a straightforward document review is $20 per page. I charge $25 or $30 per page for complex documents involving complex tax provisions, multiple parties, etc.

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Client Reviews

 

  • "Braden helped me with my freelance design contract and I can’t recommend his services enough! He really made the whole legal process stress free and really listened to my questions and concerns even when I didn’t know the correct legal term to use: so great! He made my contract very personalized and asked questions along the way so I could tell he was thorough and interested in learning as much as he could. He is very friendly, quick to respond, and provided drafts in a timely manner. Would use him again 5/5 definitely!" - Kassi