Rachel Rogers and DIY Contracts

I spotted on Twitter @APribetic, @carolynelefant, @btannebaum and others talking about a video posted by one Rachel Rogers (and available here) that encourages entrepreneurs who aren’t in a position to hire a lawyer to do their own contracts rather than use online templates.

I can’t work up much outrage over the video. Rachel’s advice was aimed at entrepreneurs engaged in “hard-core bootstrapping” and was hedged about with caveats, so shouting “Of course you need a lawyer!” seems beside the point.

And I share Rachel’s skepticism of random free online templates.

But obviously, the DIY approach is very risky. I steer clear of offering advice to anyone who doesn’t have a lawyer or isn’t in a position to look after themselves. That’s why Koncision’s terms of use say that it’s for sophisticated users.

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.