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Involved in THIS Situation? You May Be Able to Use Legal Templates!

While some situations almost always require an attorney’s experience and expertise, there are some instances in which people can benefit from using simple legal templates 📝 instead!

If you’re considering whether you could benefit from using a fill-in-the-blank legal document, check out this list of some common issues that a DIY template can often satisfy: 

✳️ SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAYS, CONTESTS, AND SWEEPSTAKES ✳️

Regardless of which social media platform you’re using for a giveaway, contest, or sweepstakes, chances are you will run into some red 🔺 tape.

For example, Instagram’s promotion guidelines outline the legal requirements for anyone hosting a giveaway on the app.

Therefore, in order to ensure you are legally protected and avoid violating social media platforms’ guidelines, you should always couple your promotion with relevant rules, terms, and conditions.

More specifically, identify and list eligibility requirements such as age and residency restrictions, and describe in detail the prize 🏆 you’re giving away.

Luckily, many social media attorneys’ websites offer legal templates for Instagram and Facebook giveaway rules, terms, and conditions!

That being said, those hosting promotions that are sponsored by another brand may want to consider consulting a social media attorney for extra protection. When it comes to sponsorship agreements, you should always ensure what you’re being asked to do is within the realm of your negotiated contract 🤝 and legally acceptable.

✳️ LEASE AMENDMENTS ✳️

Whether you need to vacate your rental 🏠 early, add a pet to your lease, or make another type of change, there’s a good chance you can do so with a lease amendment!

Whenever a tenant wants to make a change to an existing lease, they must obtain written permission from their landlord in the form of a dated signature. In fact, sometimes all you have to do is approach your landlord with a completed lease amendment template and request approval!

That being said, if a tenant is seeking a lease amendment for legal reasons, such as an illegal rental, an unfit living situation, or a breached lease by the landlord, it may be in their best interest to consult an attorney.

✳️ SIMPLE WEBSITE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ✳️

Believe it or not, ALL influencers and content creators must ensure their website 💻 has a simple terms and conditions page. This addition is an imperative part of every creators’ legal protections.

That being said, your site’s terms and conditions do NOT have to be complicated, and you do NOT necessarily need to consult an attorney to write them! In fact, for most simple websites, a DIY legal template is all you need.

Consider obtaining your terms and conditions template from an attorney or other legal professional who specializes in your field or industry. For example, influencers and social media creators would benefit from using a form straight from a social media lawyer 💁‍♂️.

While most website terms and conditions are straightforward and very similar, there may be nuances specific to your industry that legal documents from other sources would overlook.

Therefore, if you have any doubts regarding the form you’re using or your ability to fill it out completely and accurately, be sure to consult a legal professional. Unfortunately, one missing clause from your website’s terms and conditions could mean an extensive lawsuit and hefty penalties 💰.

✳️ UNCONTESTED DIVORCES ✳️

Divorce can be complicated, especially for spouses who disagree on spousal and child support orders or dividing property. 

However, there are some cases in which divorcing couples are amicable and agree 👍 on all matters. These types of divorces are called uncontested divorces. 

Luckily, due to the simplicity of these cases, spouses involved in an uncontested divorce can often use DIY legal forms to file their petition and settlement agreement!

If you’re considering whether you could benefit from using legal templates in your uncontested divorce, consult a family lawyer or legal document assistant to answer your questions.

✳️ HIRING A FREELANCER ✳️

Did you know that when you work with an independent contractor, you are NOT legally required to use a written agreement 🤷‍♂️? 

Despite the lack of legal necessity, there are situations in which employers would benefit from using a simple contractor agreement. Luckily, these forms are usually easy to find and fill out on your own!

However, note that before using a contractor agreement, you must have an understanding of how employment law affects your relationship with independent contractors, freelancers, consultants, and gig workers.

For example, these types of workers must be completing projects under their own direction. In other words, you may not ❌ provide requirements for the specifics of how or when the individual works.

That being said, once you’re confident you are following the legal guidelines for working with a contractor, you can often use a simple contractor template to fill in the specifics of your project, providing you a more official relationship with your project-based workers.

✳️ DMCA TAKEDOWN NOTICE ✳️

Finally, when you find stolen content of yours online, you can file a DMCA takedown notice to have the content removed. More specifically, a DMCA takedown notice alerts ⚠️ the hosting website or ISP that the content is stolen.

Creators have the option to file a takedown notice on the DMCA website for $199. On the other hand, those who want to file a takedown without spending $200 have the option to use a legal template from a reputable attorney’s website! 

Within this document, you must simply provide information including the URL 🔗 of the website on which your content appears as well as its original source. Then, provide a statement proving your ownership of the content and describing how it was stolen. 

While this process is easily accessible for copyright holders and can be dealt with rather quickly, DMCA takedown notices do have the chance to get complicated.

For example, if your takedown notice is met with a counter notice, your only remaining option is to bring the matter to court 🏛️. In this case, you will most likely require a social media attorney.

As a result, some content creators choose to consult a social media lawyer prior to filing a DMCA takedown notice. Even if you do not continue your relationship past one consultation, a social media attorney can provide you with guidance and advise you on whether a legal template is appropriate for your situation.