What are contracts?
Contracts come into our everyday lives all of the time without us realising, buying a coffee in a cafe, online shopping for new clothes, as well as for businesses selling goods to customers - these are all contracts.
When do you need a contract?
Thankfully we don’t need to draw up a written agreement every time we do some of these everyday tasks, but what about when you do need a physical contract for a simple agreement? Putting the terms of an agreement on paper is useful when it is important to clear spell out the rights and obligations of each side. For example, a tenancy agreement is not formally required as a tenancy will automatically be implied to be an assured shorthold tenancy but it is recommended to have one in writing so that key terms like deposits, repairs and inspections are clear.
How do you create a contract?
The most common way for creating a contract is to download a paid or free template online and to then make changes to it so that it meets your needs. Whilst this is a valid option for legally trained people, it can be risky for non-lawyers because a sensible contract needs to contain essential clauses and it it might not be obvious for them what should or shouldn't be in the agreement. Moreover, contracts from online sources might contain out-of-date clauses which will need to be updated or removed as they might be illegal.
A safer and more efficient approach to creating contracts is to use an online contract tool like Legislate. Legislate is an end-to-end contracting platform for the unlawyered that allows users to create simple, yet important contracts fairly, quickly and with no legal budget. These types of contracts are those that you wouldn’t typically negotiate nor need a lawyer for every agreement but it is still vital that they are completed properly.
On Legislate, you can set the terms of your contract flexibly without using an online template, giving you reassurance that your contracts will contain all of the necessary terms without any outdated, and possibly now illegal, clauses. You can also access helpful tips and materials to help you through your contracting.
Why should you trust Legislate with your contracts?
Legislate understands that creating contracts requires a certain level of legal knowledge and awareness. We also understand that hiring a lawyer for these agreements is pricey and often seems unnecessary. That’s why we make the contracting process accessible and straight-forward for the unlawyered to create contracts on your own.
All of our contracts are lawyer-reviewed by our Chief Legal Officer and up-to-date with the latest changes in the law, so you don’t have the worry of important terms being left out.
Which contracts can I create on Legislate?
Here is a list of some of the contracts available to create on Legislate:
- NDA Agreements
- Employment contracts
- Consultancy contracts
- Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements
- Student Tenancy Agreements
- Letting Agent Terms of Business
- Section 8 and 21 notices
The complete list of contracts available on Legislate can be found on our contract page. This list is growing every much and is designed to satisfy your complete business and tenancy needs.
Once you’ve entered the terms, by answering a few questions, Legislate generates a contract specific to your needs.
Legislate contracts are easy to understand as we believe that the low-value agreements that we are talking about should come without the legalese.