What does it mean to "review" a contract?
A "contract review" means making notes on the contract to indicate where there are issues, or where issues might arise, and suggesting how you might deal with it if you have some room to negotiate; indicating what terms would be beneficial for you to have in the contract. I might suggest some alternate clauses if I feel I can do so with a reasonable time commitment - completely at my discretion. I will not re-draft every clause that I would normally write differently if I were drafting a contract from scratch.
Do I have to pay a retainer or a deposit before you do work?
"It depends", as most lawyers love to say.
If you hire us to review a contract at a fixed price, payment is usually processed once the engagement agreement is signed and the work begins. If you would prefer an alternative payment arrangement, feel free to get in touch with us to discuss options.
If you hire us for General Legal Advice on an hourly basis, once the engagement agreement is signed and the work begins we usually ask that you pay for at least part of work in advance. We will send you an invoice periodically as services are rendered.
Since we prefer happy clients, we also offer a pretty solid Refund Policy should our services not meet expectations.
How do I hire Contracts, Law & More?
Please use the Contact form to explain the situation or email us at email@example.com. We typically respond within a few hours, unless it is after-hours. Or call us at 647.560.1001. After we begin the engagement, you also will be able to securely upload files, download the completed work, and pay online using a credit card, Interac or Paypal.
For convenience sake, and to keep fees as low as possible, I try to maintain a 'virtual' practice, doing as much as is practical online using secure, well-regarded applications such as Box, Skype, Google Apps, Stripe and others.
How does a contract review work?
1. You email us your contract along with your concerns about the contract and the important facts you think we should know about the situation. We have a cursory look at the contract to make sure we can provide legal advice.
2. Typically within 24 hours we respond to your email to let you know whether we can honour the flat fees published on our website, or whether it is an unusual legal agreement requiring a different fee.
3. If you agree to the fee, we ask you to sign our standard engagement agreement online. We use a secure signing app called SignNow so you do not have to print it. It is very easy and we can walk you through it on the phone if necessary.
4. Once the our engagement agreement is signed it typically takes about three days to review your contract and return the completed contract review to you. On the contract itself, or in the margins, we note areas of concern or potential legal issues and make some suggestions on what you might want to change where appropriate and where reasonable to do so.
5. When completed, we email the contract to you with our notes and suggestions and we schedule a 30-minute follow-up phone call with you to discuss any questions you have regarding our review.
Who is a typical client of Contracts, Law & More?
Typically, we help small businesses, independent contractors and employees with their commercial contracts and employment agreements. If you have something else in mind, please Contact us to explain your situation. If we do not feel it is within our area of expertise, we might be able to recommend another firm that would be more suitable.
Does Contracts, Law & More provide a free initial consultation?
It depends on the particulars of the circumstance. Sometimes it is possible and sometimes it is not. A lawyer is available for a free initial phone conversation or email exchange about your situation to determine if "Contracts, Law & More" can help you, whether we are the right fit for you and to discuss our services in more detail.
Please contact us by using the Contact form to explain the situation or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 647.560.1001. We typically respond within a few hours, unless it is after-hours.
What form of payment do you accept?
You can pay either by credit card, Interac or Paypal through a secure payment website provided by LawPay or Paypal.
For any other form of payment, please Contact us to discuss a possible arrangement.
Where can I see more information about the founder of Contracts, Law & More?
Please see the About page to learn more about Lance Soskin.
How are you able to offer such reasonable fees?
By using online solutions and cloud-based practice management systems, we have been able to reduce costs significantly for our clients and deliver better, more efficient service. It also means more freedom and mobility for you and your company.
All legal services are offered online using secure, well-regarded applications for exchanging documents, virtual meetings with clients, invoicing and processing payment.
You do not have to waste your time driving to a lawyer's office to get quality legal advice...nor pay a lawyer for spending time in a car driving to you.
Does Contracts, Law & More's lawyers have the legal and business experience my small business needs?
Contracts, Law & More offers some of the most affordable rates in Canada for quality legal advice provided by knowledgeable, experienced lawyers.
Most small businesses do not typically have the highly-complex legal matters that require the most expensive lawyers in the country charging outrageous rates, where a significant portion of the lawyer's hourly rate is due to the expensive overhead of extravagant offices, a bloated support staff and fifteen years' experience working at a Bay Street firm. What most small businesses need is quality legal advice from a smart, capable lawyer with several years' experience dealing with the matters that small businesses encounter.
We help our clients by identifying potential issues with their legal agreements, explaining the legal ramifications of various contract clauses, scrutinizing their contracts and prioritizing needs based on their situation and the costs involved.
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