Partnerships and Collaborations

You’ve found a potential partner, and you know you need to put your agreement about how you’ll work together in writing.  But what exactly do you need to talk about?  What should be included in your partnership agreement?

I’m sharing the list of questions I go over with my own clients when I’m drafting partnership agreements and operating agreements (for an LLC or corporation).

Use this list to get your creative juices flowing; there may be other issues that come up for your particular business that aren’t listed here, or points that don’t apply to you.

Take your time with this process — these questions aren’t easy, but they should help you form a better partnership as you work through them (or maybe help you realize early on you aren’t meant to partner, which is ok too).

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Contact us with questions you have about partnering up or collaborating.

Disclaimers: This is the list of questions I use with my clients as a jumping off point, and may not cover everything you need to talk through or include when putting together your own partnership or collaboration agreement. 

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When we signed a BIG deal client, we knew we needed a trusted legal advisor to help us with all the contracts that come with that – employee contracts, client contract, etc. Having worked with Autumn and her team in the past, we didn’t think twice about who to work with this time. 

With the AWB Firm’s help, we were able to confidently navigate some complicated and multi-layered contract back-and-forth, knowing that this team had our back.

Autumn and her team are personable, attentive, considerate, and they truly listen. We just love them!

Tara Street

Our business hadn’t really worked with a lawyer before Autumn, so there were a lot of unknowns. From reworking our contracts, to growing larger clients, to making new hires and creating new partnerships – Autumn doesn’t sugar-coat things (neither do we!) but she also doesn’t make legal to-do’s feel like a big, heavy deal either. Our video meetings are especially helpful. Autumn is positive, kind, professional, and able to translate everything into plainspeak. No more scary unknowns about the legal health or future of our business – we are legit with Autumn on our side.

Tara Street

Since working with Autumn, I have the documents I need for my growing online business as I’m branching out into new ventures. She told me exactly what I needed, and I know she wouldn’t tell me I need anything I don’t. Autumn gets the job done professionally, quickly, and tailored to what the business needs. I would not hesitate to recommend her to other entrepreneurs. Plus, Autumn will celebrate your wins by toasting you with champagne!

Corinne Crabtree

All of my questions regarding trademarks and agreements were answered during my legal planning session with Autumn. As a result of our session, I figured out that my current agreements don’t fully protect me and this led me to adjust the way I use my privacy policies and terms and conditions. The best part of working with Autumn was benefiting from her intelligence and knowledge of not just the law, but business in general. I would definitely recommend her.

Christian Webber

Since I first worked with Autumn on a client contract, my business has really taken off. I liked that even during communications about serious business, Autumn always treated me like an actual person. Her personality definitely builds a sense of loyalty, and it’s clear that Autumn understands the needs of her clients and genuinely cares for and roots for them. I would recommend Autumn to other small business owner without hesitation.

Jason Harrison
I was pretty anxious and stressed out when a potential employer asked me to sign a non-compete agreement. I wanted to be sure I wasn’t limiting my ability to work on similar projects in the future and that I would be fairly compensated if the intellectual property I created were ever used in the future. Autumn and her team were able to quickly research the issue and the relevant laws in my state. With their recommended changes to the non-compete, I was able to sign it and accept the offer of employment within a few days. The AWB Firm is approachable, responsive, and easy to work with. I’m so glad to know I have them to lean on!
Lara Dalch

As a full-time emergency physician, I came to the AWB Firm feeling totally clueless about how to protect my rights in several products I had developed. After working with Autumn and her team, I now feel confident that I know when to involve an attorney and what things I can consider on my own before involving an attorney. Working with the AWB Firm on my contract and trademark issues was easy, cost effective, and a great value. I never once felt dumb but was treated as a valued client. I look forward to continuing to work together in the future!

Jessica Whittle, MD

Autumn and her team quickly put me at ease, even though I had never worked with a lawyer before, so I wasn’t sure how things worked. I worked with Autumn on a retainer basis and I now feel confident that I have my legal ducks in a row in terms of hiring and working with contractors and employees. I have a rock solid contract to use with clients, so I no longer worry that there might be a gaping hole in my client agreements or that I might not have good legal standing if I have a court situation come up. I would recommend Autumn and her team to anyone who has an online business and wants legal help that isn’t overwhelming. They make the legal issues in your business much less scary!

Jessica Mehring

Before working with Autumn, I was hesitant to even seek out an attorney because I wasn’t sure I’d get practical advice I could actually apply to my business.  I needn’t have worried because Autumn’s practical approach, enthusiasm and demonstrated interest in me and my business made it clear that I had come to the right place.  Not only did Autumn skip the ‘legalese’ but she even incorporated my own language into the contract.  I now have a contract written in plain English that both my clients and I can understand.

Aenslee Tanner

I was fed up with client issues I was having because my contract didn’t contain any firm boundaries. Autumn’s contract template really set me up for success, making sure everything was laid out in writing so I can protect my business – and my time! I’ve already been able to enforce my boundaries by simply referring to the contract, helping me avoid a potential legal dispute. Autumn really “gets” female-run online businesses and I would recommend using her contract templates to all business owners.

Kelsey Kerslake

I was anxious and concerned about liability in my coaching business – I knew that something I might piece together myself wouldn’t cut it. But after working with the AWB Firm, I feel confident that I have a solid disclaimer. Autumn and team are fast, reliable and flexible. I would highly recommend working with them to other coaches.

Rachel Hart

I felt overwhelmed and wasn’t sure what to include in my retreat planning course contract to make sure my students would be protected legally. Autumn created a brilliant, custom document that addresses everything we could possibly think of. The AWB Firm is easy to work with, responded quickly to all of my emails, and answered every single one of my questions. I would definitely hire Autumn again!

Linda Beach

Legal documents (such as a Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions) don’t always reflect the soul of our business. But Autumn is a great listener and tailors her efforts to our specific needs. Her legal knowledge and expertise are impressive, but even more importantly, she truly understands virtual businesses. I was initially nervous about the cost of legal help, but learning her flat rate up front removed that fear. I would absolutely recommend her to other online business owners.

Brigit Esselmont
I have yet to work with an attorney who listened as deeply to really understand my needs and business concerns as Autumn did. I came to the AWB Firm because I was concerned about not having a solid licensure and services agreement for my business. The agreement that Autumn and team delivered has given me the confidence to grow my business, knowing that all parties are protected. Thank you, Autumn!
Melanie McGhee

When I was presented with an exciting licensing opportunity in my business, I had no idea how to navigate it all! I not only felt fully supported by the AWB Firm through the entire process of negotiating and reviewing all the legal documents involved, but I also love how they took the time to educate me so I could be a part of the decision making and negotiating process. I felt completely assured that my matter was being considered with the utmost care by Autumn and her team. I’m so happy to have a partner in the AWB Firm!

Cara Underwood

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