Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I want to buy a template when I can get a free template on the internet?

I’m going to try to be brief here, but there’s so much to say on this topic. First, if you’re like me (Mairin here), your business is your baby (or one of them). Do you want to entrust the protection of your baby to a nameless, faceless corporation on the internet? Also, I won’t name names here, but many of those templates you’re seeing weren’t drafted by attorneys. Even if they were, many (and I’ve audited more than a few) are missing critical clauses or aren’t up-to-date with current laws and regulations. Basic coaching agreements are generally bare bones and leave out a lot of information that not only protects you legally, but also helps clearly outline client and coach responsibilities and obligations at the outset, so both parties are on the same page. Same thing with freelancer and independent contractor agreements.

In addition, should you have a question about any of the templates, you can’t reach out to an actual attorney for an answer. Many will put you in touch with an attorney, but that attorney is not officially associated with them, and you will have to pay to consult with that attorney. Further, many of the “free” templates aren’t really free. The basic clauses might be, but if you want for example GDPR compliance, you will have to pay for it.

In a nutshell, free templates are problematic because they:

  1. May not include all of the essential information you need to be legally protected or compliant
  2. Might not be accurate or up-to- date
  3. Might not provide the customization you need to fully protect yourself and your business.
My friend has a Privacy Policy on his website. Can’t I just use his?

This is a big no. First, legal policies, boring and drab as they are, are still copyrighted work. “Borrowing” someone else’s legal policy is theft and constitutes copyright infringement. Also, there’s a good chance that your friend’s Privacy Policy is missing clauses you need to be legally compliant. Laws change frequently and differ from country to country. For example, your friend might not live in the European Union, and his policy might not have the requisite information your policy needs. It’s best to purchase a policy that will get you legally compliant in your jurisdiction and won’t land you in hot water a la copyright infringement.

Is a Solivagant Legal template better than hiring an attorney to draft my documents?

Hiring an attorney in your business’s jurisdiction who can prepare custom documents for you is generally the best approach because they’re intimately familiar with your jurisdiction’s laws and with your help, your business. However, you will pay big time for the privilege. For the most part, what they’re doing is taking a template they’ve previously created and tailoring it to your business. We’re teaching you to do the same.

Using one of our templates can help you cut the cost of hiring an attorney because all of the drafting has already been done; the attorney would just be reviewing the document to ensure it’s compliant with your jurisdiction’s laws.

We like to think that our templates are the happy medium between free templates which can leave you non-compliant and vulnerable, and custom documents from an attorney which can cost you $$$$$.

Is Solivagant Legal a law firm and is Mairin my lawyer?

No, Solivagant Legal is not a law firm. Viewing, purchasing, and downloading any templates or resources from Solivagant Legal does not create an attorney-client relationship between Solivagant Legal and you, or Mairin Van Shura and you. We do not offer legal advice on this website.

I have a question about tax/real estate/domestic issues/any other type of law. Can you help?

Sorry, no. We’re not a law firm and all of our products, services and resources are intended for your informational use only. We advise you to consult an attorney familiar with your jurisdiction’s laws. For legal tips about running a business, however, check out our Resources page if you haven’t already. Also, our Legal Tips for Online Entrepreneurs & Nomads Facebook Group provides regular legal tips and insight on starting and running an online business, as well as discussion of legal issues group members are encountering running their businesses.

Can I share my template with an entrepreneur friend?

Sorry, no. When you purchase a template(s), your purchase is for your use only. If you have multiple businesses, you can customize and use the templates for that business, but you cannot share purchased templates. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information on intellectual property.

Can I use my template for another one of my businesses?

Yes, you’re welcome to use the templates for another business you own, just can’t share with someone else. Please see above.

I bought a template. How do I get it?

Once you complete the payment process, you’ll receive instructions on how to download and customize your document(s). You’ll also receive a follow-up email with the download and video so you have a back-up.

Do you offer refunds?

Sorry, no. The templates are an instant download, so we can’t offer returns or refunds. If you have any questions about customization not covered by the instructional video accompanying your purchase, please contact hello@solivagantlegal.com.

I’m outside of the United States. Can I still use your templates?

Yes, but here’s the caveat. Our policies are drafted by a US licensed attorney and designed to be as comprehensive as possible. For example, our Privacy Policy is compliant with all European Union and Canadian data privacy laws, in addition to US laws. We always advise you to have an attorney in your area review any document you create from a template to make sure it’s compliant with your jurisdiction’s laws and regulations. Other templates, like our coaching agreement for example, are universally acceptable. If you have questions about whether a particular template would work in your country, please contact us at hello@solivagantlegal.com.