Self-help Legal

by Scott Austin October 12, 2012

Self-help Legal

For me, everytime I hear the word 'lawyer', my mind immediately jumps to expensive-and-bills-by-the-minute.  No offense is meant to attorneys here.  Its just that, as a start-up, money (and runway) is always top of mind.  And attorney fees are an easy way to burn runway.  So any chance I get to save money, makes me happy.

We're getting ready to ship our first product to the world.  As such, we need to create a privacy policy and a terms of use.  I was happy to find many free options.  A quick search reveals lots of options.  I decided to use two different services, one for each doc needed, just to try them out.

For the privacy policy, I used FreePrivacyPolicy.com.  The service was great.  I walked through a wizard that asked what we would be doing with the site and it gave me an HTML privacy policy.

For the terms of use, I used Rocket Lawyer.  Similar to the privacy policy process, I was walked through a wizard and at the end of the process, I had a doc suitable for my needs.  However, this one was in text; I didn't see an option for HTML.

So both of these services are providing quality product for free.  What's the catch.  Well, both of them are offering the free service as a part of upsell to a paid service.  Rocket Lawyer's implementation was the more annoying of the two.  For them, I had to sign up for a one week trial of their free service and give them my credit card info.  This was not clear in the beginning and was slapped at me at the end of the process.

So, there are easy and free ways out there to some of your legal boxes checked off.

Scott Austin
Scott Austin