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Jan 17, 2017

What Can Make a Will Invalid?

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There are some obvious requirements to render a will legal, such as having the correct signatures in place, having made it without undue influence and for the testator being of sound mind.

But there may be provisions in the will that could render the will invalid, such as:

  • The will is made subject to a condition which cannot be fulfilled i.e. impossible to execute;
  • The testator's marital status changed but the will was not changed to reflect this;
  • A child was born or adopted after the will was made but no new will was made to mention the child,
    etc.

We take a look at the above instances and also provide information on when a person can be disqualified from inheriting.

Continue reading "What Can Make a Will Invalid?"

Jan 13, 2017

Reduce the Risk When Extending a Loan

jewelry offered as collateral

There are a couple of ways to help ensure the repayment of a loan:

  • Enter into a Security Agreement where goods are pledged as collateral or security against a loan;
  • Enter into a Guaranty Agreement with a third party who undertakes to assume full responsibility for the loan, should the original borrower(s) default.

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.

Continue reading "Reduce the Risk When Extending a Loan"

Jan 11, 2017

Work Made for Hire Contract

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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.

Continue reading "Work Made for Hire Contract"

Jan 09, 2017

Making Reprints of a Photographer's Work

camera and photos

If you hired a photographer to capture images of your wedding (for example) you may argue that since you paid for the work, you may make as many copies as you wish.

A lab or photo store may not agree with this and may demand a "copyright release form" for fear of being held liable when making unauthorized reproductions.

It's a good idea to get this document in place before your event!

If your photographer does not supply it, get a free copy here:

Continue reading "Making Reprints of a Photographer's Work"

Jan 08, 2017

Automobile Bill of Sale

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It may be a legal requirement of your local DMV to have a Bill of Sale when transferring ownership of a vehicle and many of the official sites publish a template.

Their main aim is to record the price paid for a specific vehicle upon which duties and or taxes will be levied.

However! They do not necessarily spell out the terms and conditions of the transaction to which buyer and seller agree.

Take a look at our free sample documents where you can achieve both:

Continue reading "Automobile Bill of Sale"

Jan 06, 2017

Tutoring Contract - How to Formalize Your Agreement

books, apple and pencil

As tutor there are a couple of things you need to protect yourself against in a written agreement:

  • Cancellation of lessons by either party
  • Late arrival
  • Obligations of both parties
  • Unreasonable expectations, etc.

Our free template will give you a good starting point for your contract!

Continue reading "Tutoring Contract - How to Formalize Your Agreement"

Jan 04, 2017

Your Last Will and Testament

typewriter with will and testament

It may be confusing when looking at a standard template to decide exactly how to adapt it for your specific circumstances.

With that in mind, we've created a number of free legal will forms to cater for:

  • Married people with minor children OR adult children OR both or with no children;
  • Single people with adult children or no children;

    Etc.

Our templates also make provision for bequests to charitable organizations and non-family members as well as any special requests you may have regarding your remains.

Continue reading "Your Last Will and Testament"

Jan 02, 2017

The Importance of Employment Contracts

contract in briefcase

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.

The above free employment forms are available here:

Continue reading "The Importance of Employment Contracts"

Dec 30, 2016

Work Made for Hire

Employers, employees and freelancers all need to understand their rights when it comes to "work-for-hire".

worker multi-tasking

We address some of the important issues such as:

  • Who owns the Copyright?
  • What are Moral Rights and can they be waived?
  • WHEN do you need a Work for Hire Agreement?

    ...and more.

Continue reading "Work Made for Hire"

Dec 28, 2016

Free Affidavit Forms and Templates

affidavit and wax seal

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:

  • Affidavit of Loss
  • Affidavit of Domicile or Residence.

Continue reading "Free Affidavit Forms and Templates"

Dec 23, 2016

Motorcycle Bill of Sale

advertisement motorcycle for sale

You may need a written bill of sale if you want to transfer ownership or title.

The forms supplied by your DMV are geared to record the financial details for tax purposes and do not necessarily record the terms and conditions between buyer and seller.

Our free bill of sale template is aimed to protect buyer and seller and record details such as warranty, "as-is" disclaimer, transfer of risk etc.

Get your free legal form here:

Continue reading "Motorcycle Bill of Sale"

Dec 21, 2016

What is a Testamentary Trust?

last will

Creating a testamentary trust can be an ideal solution in a number of instances:

  • Where the beneficiary is a minor who cannot as yet control the inheritance;
  • Where a beneficiary may be a drug addict and the testator wishes to place control of the assets with a trustee;
  • Where a testator wishes to create a charitable trust,
    etc.

Continue reading "What is a Testamentary Trust?"

Dec 19, 2016

Lease Renewal Made Easy

rental documents and keys

Executing lengthy documents is nobody's favorite pastime. Especially when it's not necessary!

The only aspects that may change when renewing a lease could be an increased rental and perhaps the period of the lease.

Even so, it is easy to make provision for any amendments such as allowance of pets, addition of parking space etc. Thereafter the terms and conditions of the original agreement would remain in force.

Grab your free template (and other landlord forms) here:

Continue reading "Lease Renewal Made Easy"

Dec 16, 2016

Do You Have an Updated Will in Place?

last will and testament with spectacles

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". Especially when your circumstances change e.g.:

  • Getting married (or divorced)
  • Welcoming a new member to your family
  • Acquiring new assets and selling of others

Take a look at our selection of free Last Will and Testament templates to assist you with streamlining your thoughts and compiling your document.

Continue reading "Do You Have an Updated Will in Place?"

Dec 14, 2016

How Do You Revoke a Power of Attorney?

crumpled paper

A power of Attorney will automatically expire:

  • Upon the date stated in the document
  • When the person who made the POA dies
  • When the person who made the POA becomes mentally incompetent UNLESS it is a durable / lasting power of attorney.

You do not need to wait for any of the above to happen and do not need to give a reason to revoke the Power of Attorney.

Use our free Revocation Template supplied here:

Continue reading "How Do You Revoke a Power of Attorney?"

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