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We’ve all heard stories about stolen content. One person had an image stolen. Another had a valuable brand name copied. And we’ve all heard of the business owner who had entire website or course copied and reposted on another person’s website. It’s enough to put you on high alert and ready to protect yourself from copycats! So let’s look at some ways to protect our valuable content. 1. Use Terms of Use Terms of Use (also known as terms and conditions) outline what visitors can and cannot do on your website. For example: No, they cannot steal, copy or reproduce your content;No, they cannot infringe on your copyright rights; andAll of the content and related intellectual property on the website belongs to you. Website terms put copycats and trolls on notice. This is why large brands and companies have terms and conditions. You have to control all the traffic that…

So who doesn’t love to hear some good news about their business? It’s the juice that fuels your sales. It gets the FOMO going. It’s how you gather hoards of fans for your brand. As a business owner you actively keep tabs on feedback for your products or services. And if you’re smart (which you are!) you know how to repurpose this content in your marketing. But you know if this message is coming from me there’s a legal angle to all of this… And that’s to do it in a way that gives you rights to the content! 🙌🏾 It’s a win-win because your customers get to rave about your work and get some free promotion for their business and you get to show off how valuable your biz is to others. But how do we get testimonials legally? And what could possibly go wrong? It’s just a review.…

Did you know that almost 50% of independent contractors have problems getting paid on time? It’s a known struggle among those who work with clients that sometimes sending out an invoice is simply not enough. And combine that with the fact that many do not use client agreements makes it a lot worse. So what can you do to get more consistent payments get paid faster? Here are a few tips: Use a Contract I’m always surprised by the amount of folks providing services without a proper client agreement in place. But on the other hand, this is how business attorneys make money. The phone calls are endless about someone not getting paid because a customer didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. So get it in writing. Start the relationship off right with a well written contract. And don’t use just any bare bones agreement you find online.…

What happens when a client DOESN’T respond? You’re ready to do your part. They’ve even paid you but they haven’t given you what you need to complete the deal. It’s frustrating because you’re not sure where you stand legally. Can you keep any deposit or money paid? You can’t wait forever for them to cooperate. What Does Your Contract Say? The business relationship is defined by the contract. Everything else is just talk. The contract with your client is the road map and foundation of your relationship. So you should start there. Look at your contract. Does it have a refund clause? Are you allowed to keep payments or deposits in certain circumstances? The refund clause may state that there are no refunds for deposits or payments made for work already completed. Which would be good news to you. Or it may allow refunds of a certain percentage within a…

What are Website Disclaimers? Let’s talk Website Disclaimers! I get asked about these rather frequently and I’m excited to start highlighting their use. First, what are they and how do they differ from terms and conditions? Glad you asked! Terms of Use (aka terms and conditions) focus on what your website visitors can and cannot do on your website. For example, they cannot steal, copy or reproduce your content. They cannot post false or inappropriate content to your website. Your Terms of Use is also important because it can limit your liability for content provided on your website and disclaim warranties where permitted. Disclaimers, however, are specific waivers and you may or may not choose to use them depending on the products or services you provide. Do I Need Website Disclaimers? It depends on what products or services you’re offering but yes, they can be a great addition to your legal toolkit. For instance, are you…

What are 3 of the most common legal issues businesses struggle with? Well, as a business attorney what I have commonly seen over the years include the following: Contracts When starting out often small businesses will use no contracts or poorly drafted versions. This leads to all kinds of problems because without a well-drafted agreement, there are no terms go govern what to do if something goes wrong. In the beginning of a business relationship, like any relationship, it is often a time of excitement and expectation for a beautiful future between the parties. But unfortunately, things do not always work out that way when working with business partners, hiring contractors or collaborating with others. So instead of operating with no agreements or useless contracts you find free online, you should have a few solidly drafted templates in your legal toolkit to work with clients, freelancers and hires to keep…

Benefits of Using a Speaker Agreement Do you frequently speak at events? Whether you are attending in-person or virtually do not utter a word without a signed Speaker Agreement. The benefit of having your own Speaker Agreement each time you do an event is that it is tailored to your needs as the speaker. A well-drafted speaker agreement will outline your speaker services, your requirements for the event (including setup, equipment, travel and expenses) and the host’s requirements (topics, length of talk, etc). It will also get into the nitty gritty legal issues such as who owns the intellectual property. If you’re appearing on video (which these days, of course you are) then you want to know who has the ownership rights to the content and how it will be used. Then there is the matter of payment, deposits and refunds. What if you or the host need to cancel…

Hey Professional Organizers! I see you and I understand your need for a solid agreement to use with clients.⁠⁠I’ve seen the bare bone PO contract templates out there and girl, they are as thin as the paper your print them out on!⁠⁠You need comprehensive terms when working with people in their homes and with their valuables. You also must secure your OWN protection.⁠⁠Give your clients faith in your skills and professionalism by presenting them with a solid agreement that outlines the terms of your business relationship.⁠⁠My Professional Organizer Agreement template is full of valuable industry-specific terms that will keep you protected while keeping your clients organized.⁠ This is not a generic one-size-fits all template. It was specifically drafted and tailored to the professional organizer community with their input and it is consistently being used in the PO community.⁠Virtual or In-Person, hourly rates, deposits, photo release…this template has you covered!⁠ View…

Do you want to trade your products and services? Use a barter agreement!⁠ 🎉 What’s a barter agreement you ask?⁠⁠It’s when a business trades its products or services with another business.⁠ No actual money is exchanged.⁠ Instead, each party gets the benefit or value of the other party’s products or services without it directly hitting their bottom line.⁠⁠But considering that money is not being exchanged there can be even more to lose if things do not go as planned.⁠ For example, you don’t want to end up in a dispute over what was exchanged and who owes what. You have to be mindful of the value of what is being exchanged.⁠ A barter agreement makes it clear what each service or product being exchanged is worth.⁠⁠If you are exchanging a $500 service for a dozen $25 t-shirts, state the total fair market value of each and then each person signs…

If you’re a podcaster, then you should use a Podcast Guest Release Form. Instead of using a long podcast guest agreement or nothing at all, protect your content with this 1 page form. Why Should You Use a Podcast Guest Release? When a guest appears on your podcast, that content is intellectual property. This is a valuable asset that you can use in your business. You can use their voice and image in your marketing not just for the episode that they appear on but also for promotion of your podcast in the future. But to do so, you must get the Guest’s permission first. Because if you do not have their explicit permission, they could restrict you from featuring their likeness and voice on your podcast. And while typically a guest agrees to appear on a podcast for self-promotion, they may have second thoughts after a show is taped…

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