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When Are Your Internet Forms Good (When You Know How to Modify Them)

December 13, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about internet forms.

Hi, folks, Shawn here with you. You know you hear a lot of lawyers say that internet forms are terrible. If you Google around most of them say it’s bad. I’ve even taken that position. But when are internet forms good?

When can we actually utilize these things? You know they can be utilized. A lot of your lawyers are using forms. They either subscribe to form databases that they pay for or they find forms that they’ve used in prior deals, or other people have used in prior deals and they update them for you.

So a lot of clients are like, well a lawyer is just updating a form anyway, why am I paying big money? Let me go find a form. And if you know exactly what you’re looking for, and you know the modifications you need to make, you know, internet form may meet your needs because that’s literally what lawyers are typically doing.

We’re finding a form; we’re not going to reinvent the wheel. We’re not writing your contract from scratch. And then we’re modifying it to whatever’s going on in your particular situation. We’re going to listen to our clients. We’re going to listen to negotiation points. We’re going to say, we need to get a little more of this, a little less of that. We need to get this particular protection. Because I’m on this side of the deal, I’m the buyer this time, I’m going to want this structure. Because I’m a seller I want a different structure.

Your lawyer is thinking in terms of you, and what’s best for you, and how to tweak things. And if you know already how to make those tweaks, if you know what those important key commercial terms are, if you know where the weak points are in contracts, and if you know what should already be in the contract, you can get an internet form and modify it. I mean what you’re really paying your lawyer to do is to know where to modify it. But if you already know that, if you can make those changes, if you can draft the way that lawyers write to get that type of language that’s expected by a court system that has that degree of clarity, you’re all set.

So internet forms, there’s not an absolute ban on them. I mean I would never tell people absolutely not, if you know what you’re doing. If you can modify it and change it, go with it, run with it, save the money. Do not hire a lawyer unless you absolutely need it. Use the lawyer at the highest and best value added to do things you can’t do.

Same with all the other people you’re delegating to, right? You’re delegating because either you don’t have the time, or you don’t have the expertise. You don’t want to be delegating things that you could easily handle on your own. If you can update that form, write that contract out easily on your own, get it done. So let’s be very practical.

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