Free Contract Templates
Make use of free contract templates if you want to sell a piece of property, have an agreement between yourself and a friend or relative, or you are a small business owner.
Contract Templates: Useful or Bad Idea
This is open to much debate. There are many reasons why you may need a contract but can’t afford the services of a lawyer. The only other option you may have is by using free contract templates. The question that everyone wants answered is if these contracts are actually legal or a bad idea. If you talk to a lawyer about them they will probably tell you that they work well for generic legal things like seller to seller, service contracts, rent agreements and the like but always suggest that you consult an attorney to have them go over the contract. Whether you have a lawyer draw up the contract; or have them review one, they will wind up getting paid somehow.
A contract is a binding agreement between one or more parties. Lawyers are expensive and sometimes you don’t need something all that complicated that requires their services. A template can certainly help you cover all of your legal bases depending on the situation at hand. There are some situations where a contract template is useful:
- Product Guarantee
- Employment Contract
- Reseller Agreement
- Consignment Agreement
- Renter’s Agreement
- Last Will and Testament
- Stockholder Agreement
- Warranty Contract
- Personal Finance Agreement
- Loan and Loan Repayment Terms (I.O.U.)
If you go into a location like Staples or other business services and sales center you will find a section that sells contracts. These are contract templates that carry a myriad of things (many more than what are listed here) but you have to pay for these. Are the pay templates any better than free contract templates? Ultimately the decision is yours but generally speaking there is no real difference.
Finding Free Contract Templates
There are many locations on the Internet where you can find free templates for contracts, forms and other legal documents.
Microsoft Office: Considering the fact that you need a word processing document in order to read and edit these templates it makes perfect sense to visit the site for Microsoft Office. When you enter the site click on the “templates” tab then locate the link for “contracts” and click on it. You will be presented with several documents to download including:
- Clean and Treat Contract (Roof/Gutter/Septic etc.)
- Driving Contract between Parent and Child
- Investment Club Partnership Agreement
- Work-for-Hire Agreement
- Contractor Agreement
- … and many more!
Hoover Web Design: Arguably one of the best places on the Internet for templates; be them for contracts, blogs, bill paying and dozens of others. They have a very extensive template section for contracts:
- Employment Agreement
- Parking Space Lease
- Living Will
- General Release
- Accountant Agreement
- Joint Venture Agreement
- … dozens more!
Onecle: Sometimes the best template for a contract is the real deal. Many templates are just general legal mumbo-jumbo but Onecle is a very large resource with hundreds of real world legal contracts that were filed with the SEC. There are many categories that you can choose from by “contract type”. Everything from consulting agreements and charity plans to letters of offer and joint venture agreements are all available to you. You won’t find contracts like a cell phone use agreement between yourself and your but contracts for real legal issues. Once you finally locate what you need you just have to click on the contract name. You will be able to read the entire contract. If you want to use it simply highlight the contents, cut then open word (or another document program) and paste.
Final Word on Lawyers and Contract Templates
Lawyers are a very helpful resource when you are in need of true legal advice. The sites mentioned previously are good resources for contract templates but be sure to read them fully before using them. If one of the contract templates meets your needs but not completely you may need to change sections so that they work with your needs. Depending on the changes you make it may be in your best interests to consult a lawyer to be certain that you haven’t accidentally changed the integrity of the contract.