HOW TO USE CONTRACTS
You know you need to protect your business – because, well, you value it right?
But have no clue where to start?
Here is a how-to guide on using TheLawTog’s contracts.
Choose the template you need!
First, think about the primary niche you are in. That is probably going to dictate which niche section of the site you’re going to want to take a look at and invest in. Keep in mind, these contracts are completely editable and I do encourage you to check with local attorney.
Purchasing a TheLawTog® contract template form can not only save you money with an attorney (see this example: https://www.thelawtog.com/using-photography-contract-templates-can-save-money/) but it will result in a more on-point and comprehensive document as many lawyers are not a lawyer for photographers and often times forget alot of the little things that we need!
Second, think about the legal client timeline and your business needs. Here is an article that can help you have a quick glance: https://www.thelawtog.com/legal-sales-tools-photographers-need/
If you haven’t already done so – snag the free document I have available at http://www.thelawtog.com/freecontract – on the download page there is a video that walks through how all the documents mentioned in the link above work together and my recommendations.
Cliff notes: Ultimately, it is best to start with a main contract + model release in your niche and go from there. There are basic legal elements of the contracts that carry across the niche’s so you could always amend for another type, just keep in mind they won’t have the extra specifics. Such as, newborn contracts will include information on baby disposition and what to do – but wouldn’t necessarily be in the standard portrait contract (which is a general portrait contract).
Make sure you compare the documents and what is included on the site. That could make a difference on which you choose.
Download & back up your contracts!
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Edit and review the contract!
You are welcome to amend, add, and subtract to the document as you see fit. This includes addition of a logo, formatting, or content.
We’ve done the heavy lifting of examining industry norms and legal sufficiency, these contract template forms are yours now and up to you to implement!
Follow the guides in the contract template to amend. It is recommended any verbiage changes are done by a local attorney. We have a recommended list here.
If your location isn’t listed check with your State Bar website.
Related TheLawTog® info for assistance:
Pick a delivery method!
Choose a system that fits into your workflow to efficiently have your clients sign contracts and keep this information on file.
- Gravity Forms Wordpress Plugin (Great also for client questionnaires and forms)
- DocuSign Ink App for iPad
- MachForm – Embeds into site
- Hello Sign – Online signing
- DocuSign- Online signing
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Add to your calendar a time to review and amend your contract as your business grows.
Also, now that you’ve invested in lawyer/photographer drafted contracts you can be confident in your protection by contract. Make sure you are also protected on other business levels.
TheLawTog offers are variety of lawyer/photographer drafted contract templates by type. Each of these contracts are drafted for legal sufficiency and are tailored to the specific type as named.
Here is a list of the most popular contracts