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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:
We take a look at the above instances and also provide information on when a person can be disqualified from inheriting.
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.
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.
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:
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:
As tutor there are a couple of things you need to protect yourself against in a written agreement:
Our free template will give you a good starting point for your contract!
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
Creating a testamentary trust can be an ideal solution in a number of instances:
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:
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.:
Take a look at our selection of free Last Will and Testament templates to assist you with streamlining your thoughts and compiling your document.
A power of Attorney will automatically expire:
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: