Yes, you can absolutely download a generic form off of the internet, fill in the blanks, and use it for your business’ legal needs. The real question is whether or not it is a smart idea and how it could cost you and your business in the long run.
Although it is possible to use boilerplate legal forms for very simple documents, perhaps like a non-disclosure agreement, it is almost always not recommended for anything that involves a specific legal situation.
Online form contracts don’t take into consideration your industry, your unique needs, or your special legal concerns—and if you use these forms instead of a specifically-tailored document, there may be loopholes. When a dispute arises, you may find that your contract isn’t legally binding—or that it is legally binding in a way that you did not intend it to be. In other cases, a legal dispute could arise directly because of an issue in your legal document.
While it can be costly to hire a small business attorney for your legal needs, there is a very good reason for those costs (just like there is a good reason that generic legal forms are so inexpensive and “easy”). A lawyer can help you understand which legal documents you need, help you draft them, and ensure that your business is protected from common legal issues.
Do you need the assistance of one of our knowledgeable and experienced Texas small business attorneys? Do you need to draw up contracts or other legal documents for your business or organization? We can help. Call us today to set up an initial appointment: 888-269-1962.
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