Why would you need a lawyer to review that contract?
Are you in business to make money?
It’s impossible to understate the importance of a good lawyer. (Shop around till you find one you like.) It might be interesting for you to note that as a lawyer myself, I’ve frequently hired attorneys to help me out.
Perhaps that’s surprising.
Maybe I knew enough to know when I needed one because I am one.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch made this point in a recent post when talking about the contractual differences between several artists:
He has a lawyer. Who probably read and understood the document and explained it to the client, who then planned for the future.
The others took what they thought they were offered. Not thinking ahead at all. Some comic book characters have been around for going on 100 years. They’re now being used in media that hadn’t been invented when the character burst on the scene.
Did the others think they were “saving” money?
If somebody’s putting a contract in front of you to sign, why aren’t you paying a lawyer competent in the requisite practice area to review?
Is money the reason?
How much will it cost to litigate over a bad agreement? What’s the opportunity cost of not understanding your rights?
Of losing your rights?
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Disclaimer: I’m a lawyer. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice. Make sure to seek legal counsel for any questions you may have.