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Aug 02, 2021

Guarantor Application Form - What to Look Out For

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Having a creditworthy person guarantee payment of the rent (should the tenant default) can provide peace of mind to the landlord.

But you need to do due diligence!
  • Let the prospective guarantor complete the application form - as would any prospective tenant.
  • Verify employment and get a credit report.
  • This is the important bit!
    Check if the guarantor also signed surety for any other loans/rentals etc. We make provision to get that information on our form.
    You need to consider if the guarantor will be overextended financially or if he/she will be able to service all those commitments if called upon to do so.

Get your free guarantor application template here:

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Jul 30, 2021

Free Affidavit Forms

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There are many occasions where you may be required to submit an affidavit to attest to facts represented.

For example, you may need to certify residence for a local school, certify that a document was lost etc.

Affidavit forms generally follow a standard format so it's quite easy to use one of our printable affidavits to create your own document.

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Jul 28, 2021

Boat Rental Agreement

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Apart from specifying the rental rate and time period, you would want the person renting your boat to agree in writing not to:

  • Overload the vessel with either passengers or cargo beyond its rated capacity
  • Use the boat in a race or competition
  • Use the boat for any illegal activity

    ...and more.

Our free template can assist you in drafting your own agreement.

And one more important matter - consult with a reputable company to have the right insurances in place!

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Jul 26, 2021

Tenant Screening Tips

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Getting a credit report for a prospective tenant is all good and well but there are many more tricks to explore to find a good tenant:

  • Telephone pre-screening of a rental applicant can save valuable time and also expose vague answers.
  • We have practical tips to follow when showing the rental property.
  • A renter's bank statements hold a wealth of information that goes beyond just confirmation of income.
  • Previous landlords can offer real insight - even if they choose not to comment.
  • Why you should not give in to making a rash decision.

And as ever, we supply the relevant free landlord forms too.

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Jul 23, 2021

Printable Rent Receipt Template

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There are a couple of good reasons for issuing a rent receipt:

  • It's simply good business practice to keep proper documentation of transactions, regardless whether it's required by law or not.
  • Tenants may need receipts for tax purposes and must insist on receipts when making cash payments.
  • Our template makes provision to record any outstanding payments, thereby giving the tenant notice to settle before a specified date..

Get your free template here:

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Jul 21, 2021

Promissory Note Release Form

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There are a couple of documents that you as the borrower must insist upon receiving.

  • Firstly, you need a receipt for every payment made, especially if made in cash.
  • Once the loan has been paid in full, you should also insist on a written Release.
  • And if a loan was guaranteed under a guarantor agreement, you should also insist on having a release of guarantee.

If your note holder does not supply a release, get your free copy from us and have it signed by the lender.

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Jul 19, 2021

Durable Power of Attorney to Download

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The term "durable" or "enduring" or "lasting" must feature in this document if you want the provisions to remain in effect even when you become incapacitated.

Note: It does not mean you cannot still make your own decisions whilst you are still capable of doing so.

Your appointed agents must abide by your instructions whilst you are still competent to issue such instructions.

Take a look at the legal requirements and use our free template to draft your document.

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Jul 16, 2021

So You Want to Build Your Brand?

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And you would like to do it properly right from the start!

A very important element of your marketing efforts would be your Trademark.

You need to consider the following:

  • How to choose your trademark (TM)
  • Would you be allowed to register that mark?
  • How can you protect your rights?etc.

We'll show you a step-by-step approach to ensure you tick all the right boxes.

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Jul 14, 2021

Can You Disinherit a Child or Spouse?

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In some jurisdictions you have testamentary freedom and can dispose of your assets as you wish.

However, some courts recognize parents to have a legal or moral obligation to make provision for their children in family wills.

There are some steps you may need to take, to ensure your wishes expressed in your will hold true.

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Jul 12, 2021

Adult Model Release Form

If there is no reasonable expectation of privacy for a person, such as a market or public beach, you do not need a model release.

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You would not need a release when using images for artistic or editorial purposes either.

However! There are so many grey areas when it comes to a photographer’s or model’s rights, that it makes sense to get a signed release in place wherever possible.

Our free model release form also covers the use of video and sound.

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Jul 09, 2021

Letter of Appointment - Why It's so Important to Have

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A letter of appointment is an opportunity to spell out the remuneration details of a position as may have been discussed during an interview.

Perhaps more importantly to the prospective employee, it serves as confirmation of the new position in order to tender his/her resignation at a current place of work.

Unfortunately it does happen that employers go back on their word!

Employees should therefore insist on having written employment offers and letters of appointment.

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Jul 07, 2021

Construction Bids - How to Pick the Best One

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Dialogue is key when it comes to pricing a project! Be sure to cover the following:

  • Detailed breakdown of costs
  • Deposits and pricing on variation orders
  • Number of workers or subcontractors employed
  • Owner's prerogative to source fixtures or fittings

It goes without saying that the lowest bid is not the best way to go. Check references, ask for recommendations from friends and trust your instincts!

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Jul 05, 2021

About Security Deposit Receipts for Tenants

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Regardless of whether it is a legal requirement to issue a receipt, it simply is good business practice to do so.

It also works the other way. When it's time for the landlord to refund the tenant, be sure to get that acknowledged in writing too.

Especially if such payment is made in cash!

Use our printable deposit receipt template to ensure you have proper records of your transactions.

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Jul 02, 2021

Contractor Agreement - What Should Your Document Contain?

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From the smallest construction, addition or alteration, to extensive work such as building a new house, this is one document that needs to be comprehensive.

Our free template is especially useful to assist you in compiling your list of all the elements that you need to consider as either contractor or homeowner.

We also offer additional guidelines as to clauses that an owner should not agree to and how to verify a contractor's credentials.

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Jun 30, 2021

Which Caregiving Option Will be the Best Option for Your Children?

When the caring of minors needs to be entrusted to another adult, whether temporarily or on a more permanent basis, there are a number of ways this can be done.

caregiving options for children

In some instances there will be no need to get the courts involved and you can make use of our free templates, e.g.

  • Temporary Guardianship
  • Affidavit of Guardianship
  • Power of Attorney for a Child
  • Child Travel Consent or Medical Consent, etc.

We provide free forms and applicable guidelines for their use and information for the other instances where you do need a court order.

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