Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends shares her thoughts about how to avoid the contract from hell on the Build a Solo Practice site. 

As a former general counsel and now a small business owner, Anita has been on both sides of the fence when it comes to contracts.  According to Anita, here are some things to avoid in your next contract:

  • Too much legalese.
  • Using adverbs like "whereas" and "heretofore".  It’s kind of like using "COMES NOW" for pleadings.  Does anyone really talk like that?
  • More than 5-7 defined terms.
  • Attaching multiple exhibits.  I can speak from experience that multiple exhibits is a real pain for the drafter so I can’t imagine what it is like for the reader.
  • Making it so hard to understand that it leads to avoidable litigation just because no one can understand it.