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Old 03-14-12, 12:53 PM   #6
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Good point - some clients do find legal-ese difficult.

For us, this contract's been vetted by our attorney (and periodically re-vetted), and we find that especially when doing large corporate events, we receive more respect and are taken more seriously when our contract - which is going to their attorneys and accounting department - sounds a little more legal-ese.

However, we do work with clients about 10% of the time where we send a simpler contract, a one-page agreement, or an invoice, if they are a smaller group or one without legal representation themselves.

In the long run, what's most valuable to know is that any contract is only worth what you're willing to spend to defend it. We've found that a slightly scarier-looking contract at the beginning heads off problems with people who assume we're serious about enforcing it.
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