Our Quick and Easy Free Legal Health Check

Our Quick and Easy Free Legal Health Check

Our Quick and Easy Free Legal Health Check

August 25, 2020

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At Boost Legal Templates we understand just how costly seeking legal advice and support can be. That’s why we’re working hard to develop up-to-date tools and guidance to meet your legal requirements easier and more affordable with Boost Legal Templates.

Now Boost Legal Templates provides you with access to a variety of top-tier online legal templates to ensure that your business essentials are properly covered. It’s certainly much easier than asking a traditional lawyer to draw up an individual document for you.

Nevertheless, it can be difficult to know where to start or where legal needs might be.

That’s why we’ve created a quick and easy online free legal health check.

Your automated legal guidance (for free!)

Our free legal health check is designed to serve you as an automated legal expert. Something to consult, when you just need those first few steps in the right direction, without going to the expense of hiring a lawyer.

This easy to complete, automated online form will step you through a series of simple questions, that relate to both your family and your business.

Once you complete and submit the form, you’ll be emailed a comprehensive report detailing precisely where you have a potential legal gap or weakness – and just how urgent that issue is to resolve.

What types of questions do I need to answer?

The questions in our free legal health check cover the basics of your family, whether you have a family trust, investment properties, estate planning, your business details – along with staff, debt, ownership, websites, commercial agreements and more.

While some of this may seem daunting to begin with, our questions have been carefully designed to be simple and easy to understand and answer.

How long will it take?

Depending on how complex your particular circumstances may be, due to the fact that we’ve crafted our questions in plain English, most with simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answers, it shouldn’t take you too long at all.

Most likely, it will take somewhere between 5 – 15 minutes if you know most of the answers off the top of your head.

If you need to check out some of your documentation as you go, then yes, it may take that little bit longer to locate your documents and find the answers.

What will the report give me?

The answers you provide in our free legal health check are automatically analysed by our clever digital algorithms. Shortly after completing your questionnaire, the intelligent interview will guide you and collect all the information needed to produce your comprehensive report, which will be sent to you by email, so you can see where your potential legal gaps are and what you can do to address them.

Not only that, but it also offers you suggestions as to how you can improve your legal and business situation, while providing an indication of how critical or urgent each item might be for you.

That way – you’ll know exactly where you need to start, in getting your legal affairs in better order.

Why should I complete this free legal health check?

Many business owners aren’t fully aware of all the legal obligations they may have when starting and running their business.

This can result in gaps where they end up being legally responsible for aspects that aren’t necessarily their fault – they simply didn’t realise they needed a particular document or disclaimer.

Not having all the legal ducks in a row can cause you to be held liable for many different matters, and it can be an expensive process.

Our intelligent free legal health check could save you from potential disaster, as it reveals most of the loopholes you could have.

Why is the health check free?

We are community driven, and we understand that many small business owners and start up businesses are struggling with the effects of Covid-19 and a shaky economy.

Seeking legal support can be expensive, so we have created a way to provide guidance to our clients without them having to spend a single cent.

Yet just because it’s free, doesn’t mean that it isn’t of high value.

Top-tier lawyers have carefully designed our free legal health check to ensure it is as accurate and meaningful as possible.

Protect your future with our free legal health check

No matter what stage of life or business you’re in, you need to know that you and your business are on the right track

Our legal health check is totally free. There’s no obligation or hard sell to continue using our paid services. Which means there’s no harm in giving it a go.

The form is also totally secure and private, and your answers will not be used for anything other than generating your free report.

You can access your free online legal health check here 

If you have any questions or you do require further, personalise legal support, feel free to get in touch with us.

Important disclaimer: The material contained in this publication is of a general nature only and it is not, nor is intended to be legal advice. This publication is based on the law as it was prior to the date of your reading of it. If you wish to take any action based on the content of this publication, we recommend that you seek professional legal advice.

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There are many important factors to consider prior to knowing your Contractor Agreements are correct and meet the legislative and other legal requirements, common law principles and to give what you and your business need from those contractors working on your behalf.

Why Do You Need A Contractor Agreement

Contractors are important for businesses. Especially in respect of covering the needs of small businesses in terms of providing the right level of goods and services and in accordance with the specific purposes in alignment with your businesses mission.

Good contractors do often provide a number of advantages when looking to scale your business. However, it is important to remember the legal considerations which need to be met by your contractor agreements. 

This is the reason why you do need to be sure your contractor agreement serves the purpose for which your business needs require. 

You need to ensure those engaged are not employees so as to avoid breaching the laws of employment and the entitlement or taxation requirements and be sure you avoid legal penalties from otherwise breaching legal requirements, 

What Price and Costs Clauses Should You Have

It is essential that Contractor Agreements include prices and fees to be paid, when, by whom and specific amounts 

It is important to note, all fees and prices should be clearly understood and agreed to by the parties prior to finalising agreements. Parties should consider industry awards and previous contracts in assessing whether amounts offered are fair and reasonable.

The Confidentiality Requirements

It is important that parties retain a level of mutual trust when beginning contractual arrangements, particularly as contractors may be privy to confidential information of the hiring company. 

The Agreements specify that each party must only use confidential information as required to fulfil the agreement, not to gain additional benefit. Confidential information includes, for example, technical knowledge and business practices. This assists parties in maintaining trust, enabling the completion of contracts in a timely and effective manner without concerns regarding what information to share between parties. 

Some Other Risks

A safe work environment is of paramount importance on all projects. Your Contractor Agreement really should specify that the contractor must comply with company safety guidelines, be fully equipped, and have appropriate levels of safety training amongst other risk and indemnity provisions to cover you against liability and you need to be sure your risks are fully covered as well.

Your contractors must give you protection against damage to equipment during contract performance. Your Contractor Agreement should also contain a general indemnity clause for the benefit of you and your company. Indemnities can be wide so as to ensure the contractor gives you the fullest possible protection against all liability or loss arising from the performance of the contract. It is important to note, however, where loss is the result of negligence, the indemnity will be reduced proportionally to the level of negligence. 

Termination Clauses 

Termination clauses are important; for example, in the unfortunate event that a party suffers insolvency or breaches their obligations under the agreement, parties should be aware of their corresponding rights. 

Defaults and Breaches

Your Contractor Agreement should specify that in the events of default or significant breach of the Contractor Agreement, you will be able to terminate the agreement immediately. 

Your Contractor Agreement could provide for arbitration and non-litigious resolution mechanisms endeavouring to resolve disputes, to avoid the expense of litigation while facilitating an amicable working relationship between you and your contractor where possible.

If you’re involved in business and looking to begin a commercial agreement, you might very well need a carefully written Contractors Agreement. 

You should ensure that you review any Contractors Agreements you have in place and also get legal advice to understand your obligations and seek legal assistance if necessary. 

Important disclaimer: The material contained in this publication is of a general nature only and it is not, nor is intended to be legal advice. This publication is based on the law as it was prior to the date of your reading of it. If you wish to take any action based on the content of this publication, we recommend that you seek professional legal advice.

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Starting a new business is incredibly exciting. You’ve got a great idea, and possibly a rough business plan. So, you busily start registering business names and ABN’s, and ‘getting all those ducks in a row’.

However often, it can also be pretty overwhelming. Purely, because there is so much to think about, plan for and get organised. Between websites, marketing plans, social media presences, accounting systems – your head no doubt will soon be swimming.

So much so, that the ‘legal stuff’ (dangerously) gets pushed to one side. Trouble is, this could be exposing you and your business to risk, that could completely jeopardise your business and your future livelihood.

It’s easy to ignore your legals…

With the zillions of start-up tasks on your ‘to do’ list, the legal stuff often gets pushed to the bottom of the pile. Your focus tends to be on launching your website, your Facebook business page, maybe straightening out your LinkedIn or tackling Instagram.

Perhaps then you move on to a marketing plan, and you start posting on your socials, writing eager blog posts and networking like crazy. All, so you can start making those all-important first sales.

And all of that is all well and good. Yes, your business needs sales to prove your idea has legs, and to start bringing in an income so you can pay the bills. The question becomes though, are you really ready for those sales (and the clients and customers) and are you legally protected, should anything go wrong?

Too many business start-up owners put their legal stuff in the ‘too hard’ basket. It’s the whole “it won’t happen to me” syndrome, or “we’ll worry about that stuff later when we’re bigger” and they simply brush it aside.

They focus on the fun and exciting stuff, and simply hope like hell that nothing goes wrong. Trouble is, it can and it does. When you’re dealing with clients and customers, no matter how hard you try to please them, people are people and problems crop up.

The other problem? Most business owners aren’t aware of or know precisely WHAT they need, in order to protect themselves – and seeking the assistance of a lawyer or solicitor is far too expensive when cashflow and start-up funding is limited.

Assessing the potential risk…

Unfortunately, the second you launch a business, and have some type of online presence with your name on it and start trading – you’re now at risk. You’re automatically expected to oblige by Consumer Protection laws, whether you’re aware of them or not. And your customers and clients can hold you accountable with any product or service you provide.

Even the most basic of website functions, such as asking people to sign up for a newsletter, creates a risk to you. Because once you are provided with someone’s data, you are then liable for what happens to that data. It needs to be secure; it needs to only be used for what that person gave you permission for.

You need to know all this – and you also tend to need a legal policy available on your website which clearly defines what you’re responsible for, and what you’re not.

Just because managing your business risks hasn’t crossed your mind, does not mean that you are free from any risks.

So, what happens if you’re gathering user’s personal data from your website and things go wrong? If, you don’t have your terms and conditions sorted, setting up the rules for those using your website? If a customer or client complains, you’re held completely accountable. Without terms and conditions, that clearly defines who is responsible for what, you often don’t have a strong argument that will limit your liability.

Without proper legal documentation, you could be at unecessary risk.  For example, at those times when your customer is in the wrong, you want to be sure that your legal needs are in order so it’s there to protect you and your business. Otherwise it can be left to your word against theirs, meaning you might then have no choice but to bow down, provide refunds, and possibly even damages – in facing liability.

This ‘legal stuff’ really is incredibly important. You want you and your business to be as protected as possible, to avoid any unnecessary drama.

And it’s worth the effort doing it upfront, BEFORE you score that first sale and expose yourself to risk.

Protect yourself now…

Previously, a lot of businesses did their best to ignore their legals, particularly when in start-up mode, because seeking the services of lawyers to draft, review and give advice on documents tends to be expensive.

And as you may well know, traditional lawyers love charging their hourly rate even if its just to draft a legal document. So, when you need several documents – that sure adds up pretty fast.

Which is where Boost Legal Templates come in to provide you with the guidance needed. 

Our unique, fully automated, online template generation system can help provide you with high-quality legal documents templates, at a fraction of the cost. Potentially saving your start-up, thousands.

Protecting yourself and your start-up business NOW, will ensure your long-term business success. Because no one wants to encounter any nasty legal surprises that could potentially send you under, before you even begin.

Get your online documents sorted with Boost Legal Templates today.

The other problem? Most business owners aren’t aware of or know precisely WHAT they need, in order to protect themselves – and seeking the assistance of a lawyer or solicitor is far too expensive when cashflow and start-up funding is limited.

Who is Boost Legal Templates?

Boost Legal is a product of AMK Law, a Melbourne CBD based, award-winning commercial law firm who has helped many clients with businesses in all stages of the business lifecycle.

Important disclaimer: The material contained in this publication is of a general nature only and it is not, nor is intended to be legal advice.

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Whilst the term, artificial intelligence (AI), may seem that it belongs exclusively in worlds of science fiction, you may be surprised to discover that AI is already being used in our day-to-day activities.

Siri, Bixby, Cortana, Google now… these are all examples of common intelligent or automated personal assistants regularly used to perform tasks quickly and efficiently.

University students would be very familiar with the leading academic plagiarism checker, Turnitin, but not many may know that the text-matching software uses AI and machine learning (ML) tools to detect plagiarism.[1]

Even Facebook uses AI to recognise faces in pictures. The suggestion tags you see when you upload a picture is due to its extremely accurate facial recognition technology.[2]

Indeed, AI seems to be integrating very effectively into our everyday lives. In a world that is constantly driven by advancements to technology, the only way to keep up is to adapt.

The most forward-thinking and technology-proficient law firms have already embraced AI in the form of ‘lawyer bots’ and Boost Legal Templates is excited to do the same.

The software performs automated tasks which are usually carried out by lawyers. They can interview clients, give advice and create customised, error-free legal documents in a fraction of the time taken by legal practitioners.[3]

A study by LawGeex showed that it’s AI achieved an accuracy level of 94% compared to an average accuracy of 85% across 20 lawyers in reviewing 5 non-disclosure agreements. Further, the lawyers took an average of 92 minutes to review this task, in comparison to the AI’s total time of 26 seconds.[4]

Too often, lawyers spend too much time determining which information is relevant and irrelevant. Law bots can rapidly and accurately analyse and synthetise this information, providing greater assistance to lawyers and deliver better outcomes for clients.

AI cannot replace the role of a lawyer in its entirety. However, we are certain that it can be used to save lawyers hours of billable time in legal research, discovery, document review and contract analysis.

Rather than replacing legal practitioners, Boost Legal Templates believes that AI aims to revolutionise legal industry improving quality of the legal documents that we offer to our clients, adding real value creating customised, error-free legal documents in an instant.

[1] Turnitin, Revolutionizing the Experience of Writing and Student (21 January 2016) Turnitin <Learninghttp://turnitin.com/en_us/resources/blog/2494-revolutionizing-the-experience-of-writing-and-student-learning>.

[2] Rob Price, Facebook’s scarily accurate facial recognition tech can now recognise you even if it can’t see your face (23 June 2015) Business Insider Australia <https://www.businessinsider.com.au/facebook-facial-recognition-technology-ai-cant-see-face-2015-6?r=UK&IR=T>.

[3] Simon Wilkins, The AI revolution disrupting the legal sector (26 October 2017) Lawyers Weekly <https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/newlaw/22140-the-ai-revolution-disrupting-the-legal-sector>.

[4] LawGeex, AI vs. Lawyers: The Ultimate Showdown (26 February 2018) LawGeex <https://www.lawgeex.com/AIvsLawyer/>.

FREE LEGAL HEALTH CHECK

Our intelligent interview will step you through a series of simple questions. Once you complete and submit the form, you’ll be emailed a comprehensive report detailing precisely where you have a potential legal gap or weakness.