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  • Writer's pictureTanya S Osensky

Advanced Tips For Effective Contract Forms

Starting my first job fresh out of law school back in the 1990s, I was handed my first task: drafting a software license agreement. With a binder full of complex provisions, I stumbled through the process, unsure of the right approach.


But times have changed. Today, I have a smarter strategy. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I leverage previously drafted contracts as a starting point, focusing on the unique aspects of each transaction.


Finding a "form" agreement is easy. They're everywhere online, even free. But the key lies in knowing where they fall on the one-sidedness scale, which provisions to modify, add, or delete.


Here's my advice for selecting and using standard forms effectively:


· Look for forms that are:

(1) state-specific (US) or country-specific

(2) industry-specific

(3) annotated

· Polish the language for better readability and style.

· Update for substance and current law.

· Consider deal-specific nuances and address them accordingly.

· Consult an expert for clarification on unfamiliar terms.

· Assess what additional provisions should be included.

· Compare forms from reliable sources and be mindful of their credibility.

· Refrain from altering the language within a form, unless you intend to modify its meaning throughout.


Ready to elevate your contract drafting game? Let's connect and discuss how I can help you streamline your legal processes, save time, and protect your business. Together, we'll ensure your contracts reflect your unique needs and set you up for success.


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