Do-it-yourself (DIY) legal sites are plentiful on the internet. Many companies are willing to sell you a “default” version of a construction contract. A search for online legal construction forms turns up millions of results. The search results show bid estimate forms, subcontractor agreement forms, and construction contract agreement forms. But what doesn’t turn up in those search results is the downside of using these inexpensive forms. The “savings” of using DIY forms could be very costly for your business.
Learn two of the four reasons DIY online forms could hurt your business in part one of this article by a Greensboro construction attorney.
1. DIY Legal Sites Don’t Take Responsibility
Most DIY legal form sites have lengthy disclaimers that say there may be errors in their forms, they are not liable for the errors, and that they are not certified to practice law. That means if anything is amiss in your contract, the online company takes no responsibility for the faulty form. Disclaimers for the websites usually include that they are to be “held harmless” if an issue does arise due to their forms. Their terms may also include that any disputes will have to be arbitrated or held in small claims court to limit their liability.
2. The Documents May Not Be Standard
Some DIY online form repositories offer non-standard versions of forms. They may have customized the form to brand it or the formatting on their website may make it difficult to read. This can cause trouble when you go to have the papers signed or filed. If the clerk or person filing the documents does not recognize them, the forms may be rejected which can make you miss important due dates.
Continue to part two to learn reasons three and four not to use a DIY legal site.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.