PROTECTION & PEACE OF MIND
That's really what this all boils down to.
If you're a creative small business owner, you've got a to do list that never ends. The legal side of your business can be particularly complicated, stressful, and exhausting.
At Indie Law, we provide creatives with a foundational layer of legal protection to give you peace of mind. To do that, we focus on the main legal areas affecting your business.
The five key parts of a strong legal foundation
1. Business formation
For creatives who are in it the for the long haul, it's time to set up a limited liability company (an "LLC"). ASAP. Lots of businesses get it wrong and leave out important steps (like having a special document called an "operating agreement" for your new LLC). You owe it to your business to make sure you do this the right way.
2. Website agreements
3. Customer contracts
You might think you don't need a written contract for your customers. Hey, I've been there. But if you haven't been burned by a client yet, it's only a matter of time. It should protect you, be customized to your industry, and be in plain English.
4. Copyrights & trademarks
If you're a creative, then that creativity is one of your business's greatest assets. Copyrights and trademarks are two major ways to protect that creativity. And, man, they are complicated. Maybe it's time to register a copyright or trademark. But maybe it's not—efforts to seek trademark and copyright protection might cause more harm than good.
5. The basics
If you're a business owner, you're kinda like Batman. You should have your own "utility belt" filled with basic legal documents that will come in handy when you need them. Sure, you might not need these documents right this second. But when you do need them, you'll want to have easy access to them. Avoid last-minute scrambling. Trust me, I have clients who've learned this the hard way. (Examples: non-disclosure agreements, media releases, model releases, independent contractor agreements, employee documents, cease and desist letters, the list goes on).
We can help with all this stuff.
For when you want a lawyer in your back pocket to fix the big legal holes in your business.
For when you know what you want and you're ready and able to pay for it up front.
For when you're looking for guidance or needing answers to specific legal questions.