ARTIST CONTRACTS

Artists and other small businesses often overlook the direct connection between the terms of their contracts and whether they make or lose money on a project.  Unfavorable contract terms are often the reason why a project that looked good initially ended up taking more time and money than you anticipated.

This is particularly true of artists that design, fabricate, and install their artwork.  Clients who hire these artists frequently use contract forms meant for hiring architects and contractors.  The forms protect property owners by shifting financial risks to the architect and contractor.  This might be fine if you are building an office, but for an artist who is unfamiliar with these terms it can easily lead to financial loss.

 I’ve worked with architects and contractors for over 24 years on exactly these type of issues.  The same tools that work for them can be used by you.  Below is a brief overview of some of the services I provide to artists.

PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT

Small Batch Law can add essential terms to your proposal to protect you from financial risks of scope creep. 

 Have you ever had a “that’s not what I meant” moment after a client accepts your proposal?  You get the contract and suddenly your scope or financial risk have expanded while your price stays the same.  This is a common problem for everyone who submits proposals for work.  The solution is to include key terms that establish your performance parameters and protect you from taking on more than you intended.  

CONTRACT REVIEW

Small Batch Law can help you understand your contract and recommend different contract terms if needed.

If you do not understand the terms of the contracts you sign, that is a good way to lose money on your projects.  Just looking at the price and scope will not tell the full story.  Most financial risks are addressed in other parts of the contract.  Understanding those terms is the first step in making intelligent decisions about whether to accept those contract terms and how you might manage the risk.

CONTRACT TEMPLATES

Small Batch Law will work with you to develop contract templates specific to your business.

Developing contract templates for your business is a great way to save money on legal fees and reduce financial risks.  Instead of reviewing new contracts for each project you can use a template.  Well drafted templates allow you to reliably understand and improve how you manage the financial risks on your projects.  The best way to do this is to maintain a set of templates aligning the terms of your client, subcontractor and supplier contracts. 

INSURANCE

Small Batch Law will work with you to confirm your insurance meets your contract requirements.

Insurance protects small businesses from large out of pocket payments for accidents that would otherwise put them out of business.  Unfortunately, small businesses often buy insurance that does not cover all of their normal business activities or comply with the terms of their contracts.  Understanding what questions to ask your insurance agent about your policy is the first step in avoiding this costly lesson.   

CONTACT US

Small Batch Law, LLC
PO Box 620377, Middleton, WI 53562
608.575.9930 •

Hours:  9a-4p Monday-Thursday; 9a-Noon Friday

GETTING STARTED

When you contact Small Batch Law, I will need your name, contact info and business name, the names of other owners in your business, the identities of other parties involved, a brief description of your project and any deadlines.  This information will help me determine if I can assist you.  You should avoid sending me any private, sensitive or confidential information because our initial exchange does not create an attorney-client relationship between us.  If I can assist, I will send you an engagement letter describing what services I will provide and the associated fee. Our work together after this point will be as attorney and client.