Do Contract Lawyers Use Templates?

Jump to Section

Need help with a legal contract?

Post Project Now

Post Your Project (It's Free)

Get Bids to Compare

 Hire Your Lawyer

Contract Attorneys and Templates

When you hire someone to complete a service, instinct tells you it should be done from scratch and fully unique to you. That is why the idea of a contract lawyer starting with a template when crafting your agreements may be upsetting. However, the use of templates is not only standard in the legal industry, but beneficial to you as a client.

Understanding Contract Templates

A template is not one contract recycled over and over again. In fact, it isn’t a complete contract at all. Instead, it is an outline for a contract, with multiple blank or customizable areas surrounded by boiler-plate language that is applicable to a wide variety of circumstances and tailored to the legal standards. Most lawyers draft their own templates based on the specific areas on contract law they practice and the laws in the state they operate in. While there are some lawyers who insist on creating every contract from scratch, they are, in essence, just reinventing the wheel.


Get Free Bids to Compare

Leverage our network of lawyers, request free bids, and find the right lawyer for the job.

Get Bids Now

How Contract Templates Benefit You

Templates certainly benefit lawyers by making the process of creating contracts easier on them. But more important are the benefits template use offers you.

First, contract templates allow lawyers to cut down on the time it takes to draft a contract, which reduces the costs you pay, whether you are paying an hourly rate or a flat fee. For most business owners, this is a major benefit as small businesses can struggle to afford legal assistance.

Second, templates leave less room for error. If a lawyer is drafting every contract from scratch, it increases the risk that they will forget a critical element. Templates include everything that could be needed, giving the attorney the option of customizing clauses or deleting them as needed.

Third, a functional template gives you the opportunity to fill them in on your own, without going back to your lawyer every time you need a contract of the same nature. For example, if your business needs to hire multiple employees for the same position, a lawyer could draft a template for you to use on your own, reducing your legal fees.

Fourth, using templates ensures consistency across contracts. If you write up a new contract for every employee, two workers with the same position could be employed under very different terms, leaving you open to a host of problems. It is better to keep things consistent across the board.

The Drawbacks of Using Templates

While it is advisable that contract lawyers utilize templates, they are not without their drawbacks. However, most of these are negated by working with a quality attorney. Some potential problems that can arise from a reliance on templates include:

  • Limited creativity in their approach to crafting contracts
  • Missing opportunities for adapting the language to the needs of the client or their industry
  • Inappropriately adapting a template for one type of contract for another
  • Errors in one contract can carry over into others if they are part of the template
  • Accepting templates just because they are standard, whether or not they are best in a given situation

To avoid these pitfalls, be certain to partner with an experienced attorney.

Getting Contract Templates for Your Business

With the help of a contract lawyer near you, your business can rely on a set of contract templates to ensure you are protected. Contracts Counsel is a boutique marketplace that puts you in contact with vetted attorneys who understand both your local laws and the needs of your industry. Turn to ContractsCounsel.com for help that fits within your budget.

How ContractsCounsel Works
Hiring a lawyer on ContractsCounsel is easy, transparent and affordable.
1. Post a Free Project
Complete our 4-step process to provide info on what you need done.
2. Get Bids to Review
Receive flat-fee bids from lawyers in our marketplace to compare.
3. Start Your Project
Securely pay to start working with the lawyer you select.

Meet some of our Lawyers

ContractsCounsel verified
Legal Counsel
13 years practicing
Free Consultation

12 Year PQE Lawyer with wide experience in sports, media and tech.

ContractsCounsel verified
Lawyer
5 years practicing
Free Consultation

I am an entrepreneurial lawyer in the Seattle area dedicated to helping clients build and plan for the future. I graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and worked in a top global law firm. Now I help real people and businesses get where they want to go. Reach out to discuss how we can work together! Some of the areas of law I work in: Small Businesses, Trusts & Estates & Wills, Tax Law (for individuals, businesses, and nonprofits), Land Use, Environmental Law, Nonprofits

ContractsCounsel verified
Business Attorney
15 years practicing
Free Consultation

Results oriented business attorney focusing on the health care sector. Formerly worked in Biglaw doing large multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions, financing, and outside corporate counsel. I brought my skillset to the small firm market, provide the highest level of professionalism and sophistication to smaller and startup companies.

ContractsCounsel verified
Associate
15 years practicing
Free Consultation

Attorney - I graduated in Law from the University of Wroclaw and in Economics from the Scottish University of Aberdeen; My legal interests include, in particular: contracts, intellectual property, and corporate law, as well as transactional / regulatory advisory along with related risk management (M&A); The industries with which I have worked most often are: IT, real estate and construction, professional sport, industrial chemistry and medicine, oil & gas, energy, and financial services; I possess many years of experiences working with international entities for which I have prepared and negotiated contracts, as well as (due diligence) reports, analyses, litigation documents, and presentations; Apart from law firms, I have also worked for investment banks and big 4 - thanks to that I also gained financial, technological, and consulting experiences; I shall be described by: accuracy, openness, honesty, concreteness, a broad approach to the problem, and ... a lack of bad manners, along with a good sense of humour :)

ContractsCounsel verified
Self Employed
12 years practicing
Free Consultation

I have practiced law in foreign jurisdiction for more than 11 years and more than one year in Texas. I am Texas licensed attorney. Practice areas include Corporate: incorporation of business entities, drafting of operating agreements, by-laws, and business contracts; Commercial: business disputes, demand letters, cease and desist lettera, dealing with insurance companies, negotiations, settlements of disputes, commercial real estate, and business litigation Litigation: business disputes, personal injury, civil rights, cross-border matters, maritime matters, drafting of litigation pleadings, motion practice, legal research, white-collar defense.

ContractsCounsel verified
Attorney
39 years practicing
Free Consultation

Mr. LaRocco's focus is business law, corporate structuring, and contracts. He has a depth of experience working with entrepreneurs and startups, including some small public companies. As a result of his business background, he has not only acted as general counsel to companies, but has also been on the board of directors of several and been a business advisor and strategist. Some clients and projects I have recently done work for include a hospitality consulting company, a web development/marketing agency, a modular home company, an e-commerce consumer goods company, an online ordering app for restaurants, a music file-sharing company, a company that licenses its photos and graphic images, a video editing company, several SaaS companies, a merchant processing/services company, a financial services software company that earned a licensing and marketing contract with Thomson Reuters, and a real estate software company.

ContractsCounsel verified
Director
8 years practicing
Free Consultation

We are a boutique legal practice focused on media, fintech and international trade and have significant experience of advising on high value matters in these areas and delivering results. We advise start-ups, established businesses and professionals on a wide range of commercial and corporate arrangements, not only in the UK, but also in the European Union, United States and Latin America.

ContractsCounsel verified
Owner
13 years practicing
Free Consultation

Talin has over a decade of focused experience in business and international law. She is fiercely dedicated to her clients, thorough, detail-oriented, and gets the job done.

ContractsCounsel verified
Attorney Advisor
8 years practicing
Free Consultation

Former litigation attorney, current owner and co-founder of a documentary and scripted film and television production company. Well versed in small business foundation, entertainment and IP-related issues, as well as general business contracts.

ContractsCounsel verified
Attorney
6 years practicing
Free Consultation

I have been practicing law for more than 4 years at a small firm in York County, Maine. I recently decided to hang my shingle, Dirigo Law LLC. My practice focuses mostly on Real Estate / Corporate transactions, Wills, Trusts, and Probate matters.

ContractsCounsel verified
Managing Partner
24 years practicing
Free Consultation

Tim has 20 years of experience representing a wide variety of emerging and established companies in the technology, software, bitcoin and professional services industries. He works directly with his clients’ executives and boards of directors on corporate, intellectual property, and securities law issues. Recently, Tim has advised clients on Series A and Series B financings, corporate structuring, complex video licensing agreements, and structuring new hedge funds. Tim previously served as Forrester Research, Inc.’s General Counsel and Secretary where he was chief legal officer, led the company’s legal group, and managed the company’s legal and regulatory affairs. Tim played an integral role in the company’s initial public offering in 1997 and coordinated its secondary offering in 2000. He directed the legal process in the company’s acquisitions of Giga Information Group, Inc., Fletcher Research and Forit GmbH and oversaw over $125million in transactions. He also managed the company’s intellectual property assets. Tim is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York. Tim holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College

Find the best lawyer for your project

Browse Lawyers Now

Want to speak to someone?

Get in touch below and we will schedule a time to connect!

Request a call