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In many countries it is a requirement to have an agreement in place that specifically designates commissioned work as work made for hire if the person/company who commissioned the work wants to claim the copyright in such work.
Even in an employment situation employers should not assume that they automatically own copyright in their employees' creative work.
In some jurisdictions the law is quite clear in defining work made for hire but elsewhere it may be open to interpretation.
The best approach is to have a written agreement in place regardless whether it appears obvious as to who owns the copyright!Review our free template and the additional guidelines to assist you with your work for hire contract.
A company's assets go way beyond tangible goods. There is substantial value in a company's client list. Equally, its employees often represent a major financial investment on the part of the company, e.g. sourcing, training, etc.
The purpose of a Non-Solicitation agreement is to protect those assets against unfair advantage from a competitor.
This may happen when an employee leaves the company and by soliciting fellow employees will not only gain from their experience, but will also have access to any confidential information that they may have.
An ex-employee may also attempt to solicit business from a company's customer base. Knowledge of the company's pricing structure, suppliers, marketing plans etc. will constitute an unfair advantage to a former employee.
Having a Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreement in place is vital to protect these assets!
It is acceptable for a company or franchise or employer to want to protect a company's business interests.
The keywords here are what is "reasonable" and are there "proven business interests" that warrant protection.
Review our guidelines on how to go about drafting your legal agreement.
Employers, employees and freelancers all need to understand their rights when it comes to "work-for-hire".
We address some of the important issues such as:
It is a requirement in patent registration for the invention to be new and you cannot be disclosing information about your invention without caution.
However, you may need to consult with a potential investor, marketer or manufacturer before you can fully develop your idea.
In these situations you will need a non-disclosure agreement to safely reveal your confidential information.
Take a look at our sample document to help you streamline your thoughts.
Most companies have proprietary and confidential information that they would not want to become publicly known, such as:
...to name but a few.
Our free non-disclosure agreement helps to formalize the obligations of the employee to keep such information confidential.
Legal guidelines and a free employment application form to gather specific information required, with permission to verify details and check references.
So often a loan is extended to a friend or family member without recording the details and the repayment terms. This is all fine and well until things go wrong and there's a dispute!
It is not difficult to draw up a loan agreement. Take a look at our guidelines covering:
Then use one of our many free Promissory Note templates to assist you with your document.
Our free legal forms site map shows the extensive list of free legal documents, contracts and agreements available on our site. No login or sign-up required.
There are a couple of ways to help ensure the repayment of a loan:
We've drafted a variety of free promissory notes to make provision for collateral kept by either the borrower or lender, the co-signing of a loan agreement or a separate agreement with a guarantor.
We all agree that it's important to make time to get our affairs in order.
Making a will is one of those tasks that you should not leave for "tomorrow".
Take a look at our selection of free Last Will and Testament templates to assist you with streamlining your thoughts when drafting your document.
Entering into a referral agreement can be financially beneficial to a Company and the Agents promoting its products.
The Company can increase its presence in the market without incurring additional overheads and an Agent can earn money without having to carry inventory.
The key to a mutually beneficial relationship is in a fair value exchange and for both parties to understand exactly what the expectations and rewards are - and to have that in writing.
Review our sample legal document to assist you with compiling your agreement.
There are so many instances where we have need of an affidavit to give statements under oath or attest to facts under penalty of perjury.
Affidavits generally follow a standard format in most countries so it is actually quite simple to show you how to write an affidavit.
We also provide a variety of commonly used free affidavit forms which you can download and edit to suit:
We believe in the merits of investing in property as part of retirement planning.
We also believe in the merits of being hands-on landlords and personally managing our tenants.
We've compiled a variety of free legal forms that can assist you as landlord.
Visit this page for an overview of what's available:
Having the right contracts in place in the workplace not only defines and protects the rights of the employer and employee, it can also protect the rights and assets of the company.
Clauses that cover non-disclosure, copyright, patent rights, restraint of trade etc. need to be in place where necessary.
Supporting documents such as employee evaluations and warning letters which show correct procedure before dismissal, are invaluable in case of disputes.
Take a look at our selection of free employment forms:
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