More on Retrieving and Using Contracts Filed with the SEC

In this December 2006 post I discussed ways of retrieving contracts that have been filed on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR system. In a comment I mentioned an additional source, RealDealDocs, but noted that I hadn’t kicked their tires.

Well, I still haven’t, because I’m happy doing my own searches (for free) on Lexis. But if you’re interested in RealDealDocs, Dennis Kennedy gives some basic information about them in this TechnoLawyer article.

As I said in my original post, the fact that a contract is on EDGAR is—to say the least—no guarantee of quality. Note that Dennis says that a contract retrieved from EDGAR “can serve as an initial prototype, a checklist for issues, or as a useful way to determine how others treat similar deals.” He pointedly doesn’t suggest that after swapping out party information and key deal terms you could safely use an EDGAR contract as your own.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.