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5 Reasons Startups Need a Lawyer from Day 1

5 Reasons Startups Need a Lawyer from Day 1

June 29, 2018 at 11:10 AM - Legal Services,

Starting your own business can be a mammoth undertaking, especially when it comes to managing expenses while working (often tirelessly) to build momentum, and eventually, a revenue stream. Many new business owners grapple with the right time to hire an attorney. Although the thought of engaging an attorney from Day 1 may seem cost-prohibitive, it is a smart business decision even for the smallest companies. Of course, you’ll want a lawyer who is fairly-priced and efficient, and who has experience working with startups.

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Does my Small, Simple Deal Really Need a Lawyer’s Input? -- 5 Examples Where Small Deals had Big Consequences

Does my Small, Simple Deal Really Need a Lawyer’s Input? -- 5 Examples Where Small Deals had Big Consequences

April 26, 2018 at 12:19 PM - part-time attorneys,

It’s no surprise that start-ups and small businesses are mindful of their budgets. Occasionally, however, cost-consciousness can lead a company to question the need for a contract or contract review, particularly when a transaction involves a small dollar amount or simple service offering. By assuming a lower risk of liability in these situations, the cost of hiring a lawyer to write, or review, a contract can seem unnecessary. This is a misconception.

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Up-Close: 7 Issues to Look for in a Service Level Agreement

Up-Close: 7 Issues to Look for in a Service Level Agreement

February 15, 2018 at 7:26 PM - commercial contracts

How to review support terms for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or Online Subscription Services

Most online subscription services or SaaS agreements include provisions regarding support, maintenance, uptime and repairs. These terms cover how often the services work, how often they might experience “downtime” or unavailability, and what to do when that occurs (who do you contact, how quickly must they respond, etc.). These terms are often in a separate document or exhibit, typically called a Service Level Agreement or SLA. 

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Up-Close: Outbound Content Licensing Agreements

Up-Close: Outbound Content Licensing Agreements

January 5, 2018 at 4:05 PM - content licensing,

Optimize the value of licensed content by including auditing and reporting rights in outbound content license agreements

The owner/licensor of digital content is typically in the driver’s seat when it comes to structuring the terms of a content licensing arrangement. To that end, licensors will be better served using their own form of agreement, rather than relying on that of the licensee. Licensors can determine everything from the scope of use and amount of control they retain over their content to the terms of compensation. With respect to the latter, compensation is often a variable amount based on either a percentage of advertising revenue earned on pages containing the licensed content, or some other metric such as the number of clicks, unique visitors or page views.

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