Most of you out there are probably buried amongst boxes of paperwork, putting off the drafting of that next contract. But hey, a side effect of engaging in business, and business law, is the beloved contract.
As corporate counsel, contracts are probably an unfortunately large chunk of your workload. Not only do you have to read the things, but you have to negotiate terms, as well as revise and write them. They never seem to go away.
There are a lot of practice tools out there to help you with drafting and ease the pain, but a lot of them cost money and are difficult to work with. If you're nodding your head, then we've got the solution for you.
FindLaw's Sample Business Contracts--a corporate counsel contracts database--is a collection of previously drafted contracts organized by practice area, industry and company. It's searchable, too.
The database features hundreds of actual and free contracts that have been used by large companies. FindLaw uploaded the contracts from documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which means that most of them have been vetted by top attorneys.
If you're pressed for time or don't know where to start, they're a great place to begin. They're helpful during research, for drafting guidance, and may even provide ideas for when in negotiations.
And who knows? There may be a contract from someone your company is currently dealing with.
So the next time you need to draft a contract, don't reinvent the wheel. Just check out FindLaw's Sample Business Contracts, and you'll be on your way.