Do-it-yourself (DIY) legal sites all over the internet are selling cheap legal forms under the premise that they’re a cheap alternative to hiring a lawyer. They may seem like a good deal at face value but can ultimately be very expensive, costing you time or money that you don’t have to spare.
3. Little to No Customization of Forms
Online DIY legal sites normally provide forms with small blanks so you can fill in the variables. Filling in the blanks isn’t very effective at covering the scope of your project, lien rights, and damages for delay. You can’t add other sections to the form, so you could be missing entire clauses needed for your contract. You deserve to have your rights protected, and most basic forms aren’t specific enough to cover your business needs.
4. Advice Not Included
Online legal forms companies cannot give you advice. That means they don’t check that you are using the correct form, date, legal entity names, or properly protecting your company. If you make a small mistake, like selecting the wrong state from a drop-down list, you could be missing important information from your contract. Some of the disclaimers on DIY legal forms even state that you should talk to a qualified attorney before using the forms.
Many of these companies do, however, offer to connect you to a law professional online for an extra charge. It can be difficult to communicate your needs in a chat or call, and the person on the other end of the conversation may not be an expert in construction law or even the laws in your state. Paying for a standard form and then being upsold advice results in you getting less and paying for more than you intended.
Greensboro Construction Lawyers
At Cotney Construction Law, our lawyers are well-versed in construction contracts and any other forms your business needs. We’re able to tailor forms to your specialty, situation, and project. Our lawyers are available to help you get the forms, legal representation, and advice you need.
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.