Do I need a contract?
Short answer: yes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a full-time entrepreneur, running a side hustle, or working freelance, if you’re exchanging money for products or services (i.e. running a business), then you need contracts to legally protect yourself.
How do I know if your contracts are right for me?
These contract templates are designed for new and seasoned business owners. Whether you’re just starting out or just starting to cover your legal bases, these contract templates can help you protect what you’ve built.
However, these templates aren’t for people who are looking for personal legal advice or who need to hire their own lawyer. Although our founder Jaime is a lawyer, she is not your lawyer and won’t be able to provide you with personal or business legal advice.
I'm a Canadian entrepreneur but my clients aren't in Canada, can I still use these Contracts?
Yes! These contract templates were created for Canadian entrepreneurs, no matter where in the world your clients are located!
Who created these contracts?
The contract templates were created by Jaime Bell, a Canadian business lawyer and entrepreneur with almost a decade of business law experience under her belt. You can learn more about Jaime here. Each template has been carefully reviewed and drafted intentionally with you and your industry in mind, in language that you and your clients will understand.
Will I still need a lawyer if I purchase your templates?
These contract templates are not a substitute for legal advice from your own licensed lawyer. Our founder, Jaime, is a lawyer, but she is not your lawyer and won’t be able to provide you with personal or business legal advice. If you’re looking for legal advice that’s specific to your personal situation, you should seek the advice of a local lawyer licensed where you live and work who knows what you do.
Is Jaime my lawyer or will she give me legal advice if I buy a contract template or bundle?
No. Jaime is not your lawyer and you have no client-lawyer relationship with her if you purchase any Contract Market templates or other products. Unfortunately, Jaime cannot give you legal advice on your personal or specific business situation.
Contracts Market Inc. is not a law firm, nor is not meant to be an alternative to traditional legal services. If you need legal advice that’s specific to your personal situation, you should seek the advice of a local lawyer licensed where you live and work who knows what you do.
Do you offer refunds?
No, sorry. Due to the electronic format of our products, we do not provide refunds. We recommend reaching out to us before purchasing if you have any questions or wonder which template is best for your business. However, if you are unsatisfied for any reason, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I live in Quebec, can I use your template?
Unfortunately, these templates are not for use by Quebec residents.
I’m not Canadian. Can I use these contracts?
These templates were created by a Canadian lawyer for Canadian entrepreneurs. While non-Canadians are free to use these templates, it’s a good idea to have them reviewed by a local lawyer licensed where you live and work who knows what you do.
I’m not good at legal stuff. How do I use your templates?
Each contract template comes with a colour-coded how-to guide written in plain English that will walk you through how to customize your contract. All you need to do is give yourself about 30 minutes to an hour to read over your template and edit it to fit your business’ unique structure and processes. Once you’ve customized and reviewed your contract, it’s ready to go! You can start using it by uploading it to your CRM or emailing it to your clients directly for e-signing.
How much time will it take me to set up your contract?
On average, it takes about 30 minutes to an hour to review and customize their contract for the first time. Once it’s customized it should only take a couple of minutes each time you need to send it out to new clients. Our advice? Get cozy. Make a cup of tea, settle in on the couch, and have fun making them yours. These documents act as your legal foundation so give yourself the time and space to get them just right.
How do I get my contract templates?
When you purchase a Contracts Market template, you’ll instantly get an email with a zip file with your template and a how-to guide to help you get started. So easy, right?
Can I share my template with a friend?
That’ll be a no. These templates are for you and you alone. Just like you wouldn’t want anybody to take your hard work and give it away for free, we’d appreciate it if you’d show us the same respect.
How long do I have access to my contract template?
Forever! Once you purchase a Contracts Market template or bundle, it’s yours to keep. We recommend saving an original version so you always have access to it easily.
What happens if the law changes?
Good question! Just like in business, the law is ever-changing and so it is your responsibility to keep up to date with changes that may affect your business. However, when you buy a contract template from us, we will send you an updated contract template whenever we make changes to it, either because the law changes or based on feedback from other business owners. By purchasing one of our contract templates, you will always have access to the most up-to-date contract template we offer.
Is my contract legally binding?
Yes, as long as you get both parties to sign.
What if my client requests changes to my contract?
Before sending your contract out, it’s a great idea to discuss some of the high level items in your contract with your client first, so there aren’t any surprises, like payment terms or copyright ownership in the works you create. If your client requests any changes that you are OK with, you can make those changes before sending your contract to them. If there are major changes, or you aren’t sure how those changes might affect your rights, we recommend hiring a local lawyer to discuss these changes, before agreeing to them.
What if I need tech support?
If you need extra tech support, feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com and we will either help you out or point you in the right direction.
Can I change the look and style of my contract?
Of course, it’s yours! Feel free to make your contract as branded as you like, using your own font, spacing, alignment, logo and colours! Make it yours, so it is a seamless extension of your brand and client experience.
I don’t see the contract I need here. What should I do?
Don’t worry! We know that there are a lot of different kinds of businesses out there and we’re always cooking up fresh new legal resources for our customers. If you need a template that’s not currently on our site, feel free to shoot us a request at firstname.lastname@example.org.