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Mar 22, 2017

Wedding Photography Contracts

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Photographers are most welcome to use our free legal form and adapt it to suit their requirements.

Prospective bridal couples should also take a look to see what is typically included in such an agreement!

We make provision for eventualities such as:

  • Reservation deposit
  • Cancellation by either party
  • Ownership of copyright


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Mar 17, 2017

What is Small Claims Court?

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Simply put, it is a less formal court setting where a claimant can present his/her case without having to hire an attorney.

Most often the case will be presented to a judge only, whose decision is final. There are some jurisdictions where you may request a jury trial and may appeal a decision.

The main difference to higher courts is the limit to any one claim and this differs vastly from one jurisdiction to the next.

We provide and overview of these claim limits with links to the official sites.

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Mar 15, 2017

Do You Have a Seriously Brilliant Idea and Want to Get a Patent?

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These are the steps you need to follow to patent your invention:

  • Develop your idea
  • Do a patent search
  • File a patent application - provisional and/or complete
  • Wait for the patent prosecution i.e. examination by the Patent Office

Going through our pages on patenting will give you a very good idea of the process and what is involved. This can help you decide how much you can do yourself and if and when you need to call in a specialized patent attorney.

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Mar 13, 2017

5 Safety Tips for Your Power of Attorney Form

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  • There is no need to issue a General Power of Attorney if you only want your agent to attend to the sale of a property whilst you are overseas. In other words, use a Limited Power of Attorney wherever you can.
  • You should also specify an expiry date upon which the POA automatically becomes null and void and no revocation is necessary. If you are satisfied with the way your agent conducted your affairs, you can always issue another document.
  • Carefully consider which person you can trust to always act with your best interests in mind. You can appoint more than one person and can direct how decisions must be made, i.e. jointly, jointly and severally or a combination thereof.
  • Once you have no more need for your agent to act on your behalf or do not trust such a person anymore, put it in writing in a Revocation and issue a copy to any third party whom you or your agent have business with.
  • Consider executing a Durable Power of Attorney to cater for an event which may leave you incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself.

Continue reading "5 Safety Tips for Your Power of Attorney Form"

Mar 10, 2017

Demand for Payment Letter Samples

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We've made the format of our demand for payment letters very easy to duplicate.

Simply copy and paste the template into your word program and then edit the content to suit your specific circumstance.

Issuing a demand for payment letter is typically the first step you need to follow should you eventually need to pursue the matter further in court.

The requirements for your letter are clearly explained and the sample wording and alternative demands for compensation can assist you in writing your letter.

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Mar 08, 2017

Independent Contractor Agreement

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Once it's established that someone truly qualifies as an independent contractor, it is good practice to also establish that status in a written agreement.

In this document you will specify:

  • The duration of the contract
  • Description of services
  • Rate of payment
  • Ownership of the work
  • Confidentiality etc.

Our free template covers all the above - and more.

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Mar 06, 2017

Demand for Payment Letter

final demand letter

Unfortunately you may find yourself unable to recover payment from a debtor without seeking legal recourse.

The first step will usually be to write a collection demand letter for:

  • Property damage or faulty goods
  • Auto accident demand letter
  • Demand letter for services rendered by you
  • Demand for rental due or refund of your security deposit
  • Wages due to you

We provide clear guidelines as to the content that should be covered in your letter and provide templates to assist you.

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Mar 03, 2017

Free Photography Contracts

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Explore the various free documents to assist you in your photography business:

  • Model Release Forms;
  • Photo Copyright Release form - granting permission to a lab or photo store to reprint your photographs;
  • Assignment of Copyright - when selling or transferring your copyright in a work.

We also have specific wedding photography contracts, tips and checklists. These can easily be adapted/edited to cater for sports events, gala events etc.

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Mar 01, 2017

Legal Wills - More Frequently Asked Questions

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When writing a will you may need to know:

  • Can a person suffering from dementia execute a will?
  • How should a blind person go about making a will?
  • Can I make provision for pets in a will?

Answers to these and many more questions can be found here:

Continue reading "Legal Wills - More Frequently Asked Questions"

Feb 27, 2017

Work Made for Hire

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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:

  • 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"

Feb 24, 2017

Effective Telephone Interviews for Prospective Employees

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Using the telephone as a first screening can be such a time saver for employers.

Perhaps the best illustration would be when seeking a telephone receptionist where a simple call can quickly establish if the person has a good speaking manner and knowledge of language.

But many other positions can also benefit from an initial phone contact.

For example, asking a prospective salesperson questions about merchandising, marketing etc. will very quickly give you a good idea if the person knows what he/she is talking about.

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Feb 22, 2017

Rental Security Deposit - What's Legally Allowed

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Unfortunately there is not one single specified amount across all jurisdictions.

It is normally at the end of the tenancy when the deposit becomes refundable that disputes arise.

That's why both landlords and tenants must make it their business to find out what is permissible.

In fact, in many states it is a duty of the landlord to inform the tenant of his/her rights.

You need to know which costs can and cannot be deducted and the process that should be followed.

Continue reading "Rental Security Deposit - What's Legally Allowed"

Feb 20, 2017

How to Register a Trademark and Why You Should

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There are distinct financial advantages to having a registered mark, such as claiming for damages from counterfeiters, licensing or franchising a mark etc.

Once you've registered your trademark, no one can claim ignorance since it is the duty of subsequent users to do searches for existing marks.

We'll show you step-by-step how to:

  • Choose a TM
  • Do a TM search
  • File an application
  • Use your Trademark

Continue reading "How to Register a Trademark and Why You Should"

Feb 17, 2017

Used Car Bill of Sale

vehicle with for sale by owner sign

When selling a vehicle privately, it is important to record the details of the sale in writing to avoid future disputes.

Moreover, you also need to submit the record of the sale for tax purposes.

When it gets to selling a vehicle on installment sale, the agreement gets a bit more complicated. Take a look at our bill of sale where we make provision for:

  • The purchase price
  • Deposit paid
  • Interest and late payment fees
  • Recording a lien

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Feb 15, 2017

General Power of Attorney - What You Need to Consider

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A general power of attorney can grant extensive powers to your Agent, but that does not mean you lose control over your affairs.

Whilst you are of sound mind your agent must act on your instructions. And in any event, the power of attorney expires when you become mentally incapacitated.

You can also set a date upon which it expires which means you do not need to revoke thereafter.

You should also consider whether a limited power of attorney would not suit your purposes equally well.

Take a look at our guidelines and suggestions for restrictions and use our free template to draft your document.

Continue reading "General Power of Attorney - What You Need to Consider"

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