Resources for low cost or free Form Business Contracts

I’ve posted on web resources for form contracts before; however, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list.

First the Disclaimers:

There is no assurance that any agreement that was not drafted for you and your individual circumstances is worth more than the paper it was written upon.

An agreement develops through negotiation.  You must be aware of the legal consequences of each and every change to your original form.  There may be major consequences to minor changes.

There is no assurance that any agreement form is of any quality, even if your circumstances exactly mirror the circumstances of the parties it was originally drafted for.  There is a lot of junk in cyberspace.

The law that shapes and governs agreements is mostly state law.  An agreement drafted for a Florida transaction may have different legal consequences for a New York transaction.

The forms you are likely to find on the internet are often taken from public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  This means they have been drafted for rather large companies and may have a lot of "overkill" provisions that are inappropriate, or even harmful, for a small business.

But now, without further ado, my resources for low cost or free form business contracts (in no particular order):

1.   Findlaw

2.   Onecle

3.   Digital Contracts Library of the University of Missouri (free registration required)

4.   Creative Google Searches: do an Advanced Search for "_______ agreement" and, under file format, limit the search to word documents or pdf documents.  This will result in more relevant hits than a plain search.

5.    RealDealDocs (starting at $9.95 per day): I’ve kind of praised this one before, but it seems you can get similar results from the above free resources.

6.   The NVCA Model Venture Capital Financing Documents:  For venture capital transactions only.

As I find more resources, I will add to this list and make you aware of the update.  If you know of another resource, let me know, and I will add it with a "tip of the hat" to you.

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About Imke Ratschko

Imke Ratschko is a New York Attorney helping small businesses, business owners and entrepreneurs with all things "Small Business Law," such as litigation, contracts, business owner disputes, shareholder and operating agreements, sale or purchase of a business, investors, and starting a business. You can reach her at 212.253.1027.

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