Wedding business contracts with Annette Stepanian

By Paul Santiago

When Legally Blonde came out, the world was introduced to the fun side of law. Some say fun & law can’t coexist, but that means they haven’t met Annette Stepanian, a real lawyer who makes the law practical, approachable, and dare we say it – even a little fun. Not only can she lay down the law, but Annette equips other creative professionals and small business owners with the legal and business knowledge needed to confidently start and grow their businesses. Committed to making legal information accessible for small business owners and entrepreneurs, Annette founded Your Legal BFF, your go-to online legal bestie for easy to understand and industry specific contract templates and trainings.

Why are contracts important?

Kinds of contracts that business owners need who are starting out, hire contractors, do free shoots?

What are the Common problems faced by wedding business owners and how to address them in your contracts?

When it comes to hiring others, what do owners need to know before you hire help for your business?

What are the most common questions from photographers and videographers? CONTRACTS 101, OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

Listener questions:

Client lawyers want to make changes to the contract. What do you do?

  • Client wants a full refund and more after getting half of what’s promised
  • What is the normal terms in the industry? 25% deposit, balance is 10% before the event?
    50% deposit, balance is due on the day of or after the performance?
    Which one is more reasonable/fair for clients and vendors?

  • Can we incorporate a clause that has the clients give us a select few professional photos? If so, what is a reasonable time Frame to add since photographers work on different schedules for delivery?

Questions about business are never easy to come up with because when it does, it’s usually too late. Good thing for us, there are people like you who already provide a resource for business owners in different levels and it’s amazing that you’re willing to share your knowledge with us today, for free! Thank you so much for that. I’m pretty sure the audience appreciates it and I know that there are a lot who would want to know more so if you don’t mind telling them how and where to reach you…

Thank you so much for being here Annette and all the best!

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