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free legal documentsI’m not a lawyer, nor do I want to be a lawyer. Nothing against lawyers 10 Ridiculous EULA Clauses That You May Have Already Agreed To 10 Ridiculous EULA Clauses That You May Have Already Agreed To Let’s be honest, no one reads EULA's (End User Licensing Agreement) - we all just scroll down to the bottom and click "I Accept". EULAs are full of confusing legalese to make them incomprehensible to... Read More , of course. It’s just that it’s all a little over my head. However, as we all know, hiring an attorney to do legal work can be terribly expensive. Take contracts for instance. That can cost a pretty penny just to have one written up.

Naturally, it will always be better to hire a lawyer for contract PayPal And DocuSign Together Help Businesses Collect Signatures For Online Payments [Updates] PayPal And DocuSign Together Help Businesses Collect Signatures For Online Payments [Updates] Read More creation, or you could at least ask them to review the details of the contract that you have written up. However, for the sake of your bank account’s long term health, there are several websites available that offer free legal documents like contract samples for you to download and tweak to your own needs.

OneCLE

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California-based OneCLE is the go-to site for simply browsing contracts. With its content thrown at you all at once, you can view your options if you just aren’t sure as to what you really need. By the way, the information found on this site goes beyond California’s boundaries, so don’t worry about borders.

The site’s strengths seems to be in the business area as opposed to personal contracts. Furthermore, this goes for businesses such as corporations and LLCs, so freelancers Shared Offices & Coworking: How To Become A More Productive Freelancer Shared Offices & Coworking: How To Become A More Productive Freelancer Working from home might seem like a great idea, but I don’t see it. After more than a year of working from various places of residence I’m thoroughly sick of mixing business with pleasure. Home... Read More may struggle finding what they need here. Additionally, there is a small selection of consumer contracts for your off-site needs.

Your Free Legal Forms

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Your Free Legal Forms is a collaborative community effort that supplies contracts from users for the rest of the world to share. Built utilizing a search engine Google Updates Hot Searches With Trending Topics & Statistics [Updates] Google Updates Hot Searches With Trending Topics & Statistics [Updates] Google has rolled out an update for its Hot Searches page, where you can find all the hottest topics people in the U.S. are searching for. Hot Searches is part of Google Trends, a service... Read More platform, the site crawls through all of its submitted free legal documents to find exactly the one that you are looking for.

To be honest, the site ran a little slow compared to the other ones on my Internet adventures, so be patient when loading things up. Furthermore, there is not a browsing function to just pour through contracts if you aren’t sure as to what you really need. However, the content of the actual site is of superior quality, and I would definitely say that it is worth checking out.

Free Legal Documents

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Free Legal Documents seems a little bare-bones compared to what I already have shared here, but one of its key strengths is that it provides detailed information with every contract listed in its archives Use Gmail Meter To Gain Interesting Insights About Your E-mail Habits Use Gmail Meter To Gain Interesting Insights About Your E-mail Habits It makes sense to analyze our emailing habits and try to learn something from them, and indeed, a number of Gmail analysis tools have recently popped up. We’ve seen Google’s Activity Report tool that offers... Read More . The site offers how-to’s and raw descriptions for every party involved in the creation of a contract. Best of all, this information is entirely free, and unlike other prettier, fancier sites, you don’t even have to sign up for anything.

Granted, despite there being advice on this site, do not consider it a replacement for actual legal counsel. If anything, this is a site by the average Joe for the average Joe. However, the average Joe with authorship always found herself in a situation where contracts were needed, and as such, she learned a few tricks along the way.

Printable Contracts

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Printable Contracts currently offers 174 sample contracts in nearly every category imaginable for absolutely, positively no charge at all. This is a site I recently used for my own contractual endeavors, and it really does lay things out for people to easily understand and modify. Everything can be read in-browser for review, and when you are ready to commit, you can download the file in .DOC form The Top 6 Jobs Being Driven Into Extinction By The Internet The Top 6 Jobs Being Driven Into Extinction By The Internet The Internet was the last revolutionary technology of the 20th century. It rapidly changed the way people across the world do business, and while many jobs were not impacted, some were brushed aside as the... Read More .

The variety of contracts on this site is very expansive, and I found everything from contracts for your own children to contracts establishing the creation of a business. What’s the bottom line? If you are in a bind and want to create something quick, I would definitely go with Printable Contracts.

Conclusion

Well, this is the part where I tell you that MakeUseOf is merely a tech-related blog and not a replacement for legal counsel. Got it? Good. Now that we got that out of the way, I want to hear what you think!

Did you find the above sites useful? What other sites do you use for free legal documents?

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  1. Kayla
    July 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you for the list - I found your list because I was looking for forms myself. There is also http://blanker.org/. I frequently draft my own real estate, power of attorney and other documents. As long as people are careful, make sure that they check into their local state's websites for their particular rules, it's a whole lot cheaper to create one's own forms than go through a lawyer. I use a lawyer maybe 1 in 10 times. The key is to be specific about what it is you're trying to accomplish, look at language the lawyers generally use in other forms, and review more than one form sample.

    Lawyers are very expensive. Nothing against them making money, but for the average person, it's not always an option. Another thing you can do is to just create the form yourself based on what you find in the websites provided in this article (or other websites), and then have a lawyer review it if you must to be safe - but you'll save a lot by creating the form first. I did that with my pre-nup and the lawyer had one edit (a mispelled word), signed it, and it cost me $100, versus triple that if he had created it.

    Finally, there are a ton of websites (usually run by legal firms) that charge you money for forms that you can find for free on other sites, with the same exact information to set up the form. One time I did need to use such a site, and it was helpful and still saved me money. It's all about options - I use a lawyer only for really tricky things that could potentially cost me a lot of money and/or I'm uncertain about, or if I feel uncomfortable doing my own documents in any way. I use free forms or software programs for easy things like power of attorney and wills and advance directives.

  2. Perspicacious
    June 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    It would be helpful if you would also point out some problems of sites such as these (too often, it seems to me, the articles posted here focus too much on only the positives and ignore partially or totally the problems with what is written about).

    For example, most businesses keep their contracts confidential. So how did the ones that purport to be between actual parties get onto the site? You don't suppose they became public because they were involved in a lawsuit do you? And that you now have sent people to a contract that has already proven to be a problem rather than a solution?

    While I know lawyers are expensive, so can be something as simple as the presence or lack of a comma ( http://essentialbusinessenglish.com/EBE/$$$comma.html ):

    "Cost of a Misplaced Comma: $2.13 Million

    "If you happen to work in the legal division of Rogers Communications Inc., you've already learned the lesson that punctuation matters. According to Toronto's Globe and Mail for August 6, 2006, a misplaced comma in a contract to string cable lines along utility poles may cost the Canadian company a whopping $2.13 million."

    And they had lawyers involved!

    There is no perfection in the world; but you should use the experts if you can.

    And makeuseof.com should delve into the bad more when it writes about something.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Appreciate the constructive criticism. The purpose of the article was to show where you can find these documents – not evaluate the pros and cons between having a lawyer and not having a lawyer. I'm in no position to do such a thing, and one should always go to a lawyer if they are able.

      As for our generally friendly dispositions, I would take it up with the management.

  3. Jamie VanRaalte
    June 26, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Just NO this is a bad, bad idea. Lawyers are lawyers for a reason!

    • Kayla
      July 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      I think it's great that people are sharing sites like this on the web. In my line of work, sometimes I need a lawyer, but usually I don't. It's good to give people information and options so they can pick and choose. Plus, some of us are more detail oriented and research more about certain laws that pertain to our business of interest than our lawyers...

  4. Chandra
    June 26, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Docracy is pretty good too
    http://www.docracy.com/

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