Almost nobody goes into business wanting to read, draft, and edit contracts. And yet, nothing really gets done until all parties to a business arrangement get the right words together and sign off on them. An experienced lawyer can give understandable advice and efficiently handle a number of contract tasks.
Writing Your Own
When our clients need to develop their own agreements, we remind them that contracts do not have to be scary, they don’t have to be hard to read, and they don’t necessarily have to be long. But they do have to address and protect the client’s business needs. Approached the right way, developing a contract is not necessarily an unpleasant experience. In fact, whether your offering is product, a service, a traditional software license, or software as a service (SaaS), getting things in writing can be a great way to find the full range of opportunities within a business relationship.
Particularly in the technology world, dealing with incoming contracts already drafted by your suppliers, partners, or customers can be a huge distraction. For example, software license agreements can be twenty pages long or longer, commonly with dense text containing industry-specific legal language. These contracts can be difficult for the average businessperson to understand. You may be tempted to simply avoid reading them and sign the agreements, but what’s the point of signing off on an incoming software license if you don’t really know what you’re getting?
Software License Disputes and Audit Responses
Your business software licensors (that is, the people who make and sell the software you use) may at times want to know whether you are using software appropriately. To do this, they may invoke an audit clause in your commercial software license. Responding to these requests doesn’t have to be difficult, but doing it with the help of an attorney experienced in the process can save time and work on your part and increase the chances that you’ll be happy with the audit results.