I’m going to try to be brief here, but there’s so much to say on this topic. First, if you’re like me (Mairin here), your business is your baby (or one of them). Do you want to entrust the protection of your baby to a nameless, faceless corporation on the internet? Also, I won’t name names here, but many of those templates you’re seeing weren’t drafted by attorneys. Even if they were, many (and I’ve audited more than a few) are missing critical clauses or aren’t up-to-date with current laws and regulations. Basic coaching agreements are generally bare bones and leave out a lot of information that not only protects you legally, but also helps clearly outline client and coach responsibilities and obligations at the outset, so both parties are on the same page. Same thing with freelancer and independent contractor agreements.
In addition, should you have a question about any of the templates, you can’t reach out to an actual attorney for an answer. Many will put you in touch with an attorney, but that attorney is not officially associated with them, and you will have to pay to consult with that attorney. Further, many of the “free” templates aren’t really free. The basic clauses might be, but if you want for example GDPR compliance, you will have to pay for it.
In a nutshell, free templates are problematic because they:
- May not include all of the essential information you need to be legally protected or compliant
- Might not be accurate or up-to- date
- Might not provide the customization you need to fully protect yourself and your business.
Hiring an attorney in your business’s jurisdiction who can prepare custom documents for you is generally the best approach because they’re intimately familiar with your jurisdiction’s laws and with your help, your business. However, you will pay big time for the privilege. For the most part, what they’re doing is taking a template they’ve previously created and tailoring it to your business. We’re teaching you to do the same.
Using one of our templates can help you cut the cost of hiring an attorney because all of the drafting has already been done; the attorney would just be reviewing the document to ensure it’s compliant with your jurisdiction’s laws.
We like to think that our templates are the happy medium between free templates which can leave you non-compliant and vulnerable, and custom documents from an attorney which can cost you $$$$$.
No, Solivagant Legal is not a law firm. Viewing, purchasing, and downloading any templates or resources from Solivagant Legal does not create an attorney-client relationship between Solivagant Legal and you, or Mairin Van Shura and you. We do not offer legal advice on this website.
Sorry, no. We’re not a law firm and all of our products, services and resources are intended for your informational use only. We advise you to consult an attorney familiar with your jurisdiction’s laws. For legal tips about running a business, however, check out our Resources page if you haven’t already. Also, our Legal Tips for Online Entrepreneurs & Nomads Facebook Group provides regular legal tips and insight on starting and running an online business, as well as discussion of legal issues group members are encountering running their businesses.
Sorry, no. When you purchase a template(s), your purchase is for your use only. If you have multiple businesses, you can customize and use the templates for that business, but you cannot share purchased templates. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information on intellectual property.
Yes, you’re welcome to use the templates for another business you own, just can’t share with someone else. Please see above.
Once you complete the payment process, you’ll receive instructions on how to download and customize your document(s). You’ll also receive a follow-up email with the download and video so you have a back-up.
Sorry, no. The templates are an instant download, so we can’t offer returns or refunds. If you have any questions about customization not covered by the instructional video accompanying your purchase, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.