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How Do You Make Your Contracts Enforceable?

how do you know when your business is legal enough?

Hopefully you can hear me over all the clanking and sawing going over here at Sam Vander Wielen HQ (aka, my house) 🔨

We’re in the middle of building the addition at my house that was originally for my Dad. It’s still for him, whether he’s here or not💔

All this noise and distraction has me laser focused on what matters in my own business:

📝 Evergreen content, whenever possible (aka content that consistently leads customers to my offers long-term)

🎙️ Solid podcast episodes + emails to you 2x/week

✨ Premier customer service to my thousands of Ultimate Bundle members legally protecting their online businesses

It’s always good to go back to the “basics” and remember what actually makes a difference in your business. There are a lot of little things here and there that can drag us down or distract us (looking at you social algorithms!).

Alright let’s jump into our legal Q&A sesh! 👇 And don’t miss the secret note I left you towards the bottom about something awesome I’ve got coming up for you…

The Question // Stephanie asks,

So how do you make your contracts enforceable?

The Answer //

I really love this question, Stephanie, because so many people get any ol’ contract and think as long as they have it – it actually works.

Because it’s sort of like car insurance — you can “have” car insurance, but if it doesn’t actually cover or pay for anything if something happens… what’s the point?

Here’s what actually makes a contract enforceable — meaning it’ll actually do something to protect you if/when there’s a problem:

1 | Properly Written

For a contract to be enforceable, it’s got to have the language in it that you actually need to be protective.

Sometimes I see contracts that are randomly thrown together that don’t actually have any of the provisions in it that you’d need. Other times, I see copy & pasted contracts that actually have sections in them that would never be permitted by law.

I even build in sections to my contract templates that cover you if a court ever finds any part/section/sentence/word of your contract unenforceable. That’s the benefit to having attorney drafted contracts — max protection 😉

2 | Sent & Sign Correctly

Even if you have the best contract in the world (shoutout to my DIY Legal Templates 🤣), if you don’t send it to your client the right way OR have them sign it the right way — it won’t be enforceable.

You can learn more about how to send and sign contracts correctly in this episode of On Your Terms™️.

3 | Client Info

Whenever you onboard a new client, or have a checkout process for a program/product, you want to gather as much info about the client as you can.

If you can get their full name, mailing address, phone number, email etc — it’ll give you the info you (hopefully don’t) need down the line if they ever skip payment or you need to send a legal notice.

Was that helpful?! Hit “reply” and let me know.

Speaking of legit attorney-drafted contracts…

I’ve got a HUGE sale coming up on my Ultimate Bundle™️ soon, and I’m kicking things off by hosting my first live (free!) legal workshop of the year on January 29 and 30!

You’ll get an invite to join my live free legal workshop on January 23 — so keeps your eyes peeled on that inbox.

You won’t want to miss the workshop or the sale (it’s going to be insane!) — and I’m not sure when I’m hosting another live workshop this entire year.

Will I see you there?! Reply to my email and say “YES!” if I can count you in. I get excited about doing these live trainings for you 😂

PS: Is Business Insurance Worth It? You’ve got a lot of expenses in your business — should business insurance be one of them? What does it really do for you, anyway? This week I’m answering a reader’s Q on whether business insurance is worth it & what I really recommend. LISTEN HERE! 🎧

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