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Q: What is contract review and comment?
A: When you need a written document to represent an agreement between two parties, there are terms associated with that agreement. Often, one side will write an agreement based on the understanding of the parties and then give it to the other side to look at and to sign. Often, though, additional or different terms or conditions get added into the written agreement. Some of these are harmless or even useful. Others are not.
An attorney will review the document in its entirety and determine which terms are appropriate or necessary, which are problematic or unfair, and whether or not something important is missing or has been forgotten. The attorney will provide what is often called a “Redline” (so called because on digital documents the notations come up in the color red) that highlights all of the desirable changes to the document they advise for their client.
Sometimes, there is a question of clarity, a need for additional explanation, or something the attorney wants their client to consider that doesn’t fit strictly within the crossing out or changing of wording offered in the text itself. These are set forth as comments in the margins. That is why the process the attorney uses is called review and comment.
Q: What makes you qualified to provide this service?
A: I am a transactions business attorney licensed in the states of New York and Illinois. I have been providing a number of legal services, including contract review and comment, to my clients for more than 16 years. I have been retained by large organizations, nonprofits, celebrities, entrepreneurs, small business owners, authors, musicians, inventors, consultants and many others to provide this form of personal consultation.
Q: Why shouldn’t I just sign the contract I’ve been given? I have no power to negotiate.
A: The answer to this is two-fold. First, you should always understand exactly what you’re agreeing to do when you sign a contract. People often get into trouble because they were so quick to add their signature that they didn’t bother to read “the fine print,” or the total content of the written document.
Sometimes, conditions or exceptions are hidden by a ton of legalese that makes the reader stop reading and just sign. This can lead to problems later if you find out that there’s something you weren’t aware of that affects your rights or duties under the contract. You should always seek to understand all of a contract before you sign it.
Secondly, it’s not always true that you have no power to negotiate. Sometimes, terms are generically included in a contract for convenience, not because they are unchangeable. Having knowledge about each aspect of your contract can sometimes provide you with leverage to discuss terms and conditions that may affect your willingness to sign at all.
Don’t give away your power! Learn to ask. You may be surprised at how much flexibility there is when someone really wants the contract.
Q: How does this process work? How long does it take?
A: It’s pretty simple, really. You’ll look up the price for the services. There’s no difference between one type of contract or another. Price is strictly based on length of contract (and that is based on a standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ pages, 10-12 point font, 1 -1 1/2 inch margins all around).
Printed forms with tiny fonts must be adjusted to the equivalent number of standard pages as described. If you don’t know, I’ll ask you to submit the contract for my review and I’ll tell you the number of pages you will be charged and you can decide whether or not to proceed.
You’ll pay the price plus a 3% processing fee (the fee will be identified as “tax” on your receipt) and then send the agreement directly to my email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) with an explanation of your situation and any specific concerns you may have. I will review and comment on your agreement in the order that it is received.
Generally, all contracts are reviewed within 24 hours of when they are received. I’ll email you back the results. If I have any questions, I will email them to you and your timely response will ensure that you receive your review and comments in kind.
Q: How much does it cost? How do I pay?
A: Go ahead and look at the pricing schedule. After reviewing and commenting on contracts for more than 16 years, I have a pretty good idea of what I’ll need to do. I’ve based my pricing on that knowledge as well as on the value proposition that I’m offering – personal professional service at an affordable price.
Because I am focused only on reviewing and commenting on the agreement you provide, I don’t need to charge you for additional consultation or other services. That makes the work predictable for me and gives you a chance to get a prompt review from an experienced attorney.
You will pay for the service online based on the number of pages of the document. On the Buy Now! page you will see that you can conveniently pay by most major credit cards.
Q: What kind of guarantee do you offer?
A: I guarantee that I will provide you with a professional review and comment of your contract using my skill, attention and experience as an attorney.
Because I am not representing you in any other capacity, I cannot guarantee any specific result or outcome. I do not negotiate on your behalf or advocate a particular strategy or position.
As, you can understand, every contract comes along with the relationship represented between the parties. I cannot control other parties nor advise you in matters beyond the scope of a written review and comment on the terms and conditions within the pages of the contract.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the written review and comment on your agreement, please send me an email and I will do my best to provide additional clarification, explanation or education regarding the review and comment I have provided to help advance your understanding.