#184: Becoming Comfortable and Knowledgeable with Contracts and Other Legalese, with Lawyer Brionna Ned

Today’s guest is Brionna Ned, a former big-law lawyer and in-house counsel for tech companies. She is now a legal educator and a writer. Her company, The Everyday Lawyer, is a legal education and consulting service for small business owners that provides you with the legal knowledge you need to create solid foundations in your business. She also has a course: Contract Foundations for Freelancers.

In this episode, we talk about: 

  • How Brionna went from lawyer to owning a legal education business. 
  • What she loves about her business.
  • The basics of contracts.
  • Why all service providers need a contract — and the reason is probably not what you think. 
  • How to put boundaries in your contract. 
  • Why it’s important to customize your contract and be sure you understand what it says. 
  • What to do if you — or your client — doesn’t want to use a contract. 
  • What to look for in a contract that a client sends you. 
  • How to explain to a client (and really, their lawyer) why certain contract provisions don’t apply to you and should be deleted. 
  • Why indemnification clauses are harmful and how to try to get them removed from a contract.
  • If you can’t get indemnification clauses removed, know how to suggest changes to limit them in a scope. 
  • Don’t sign a non-compete clause. 
  • The difference between a non-disclosure agreement and a confidentiality agreement. 
  • How to be proactive in ensuring you will be paid and paid on time. 
  • What to do when you are not getting paid on time. 

Biz Bite: Not all money is good money. (Trust your instincts!) 

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