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My name is Corinne Boudreau. I’m a mother, a guitar player, a gin drinker, and a recreational hockey player…  Oh ya…And I am a lawyer…

The truth is most business owners only call a lawyer when they are in over their heads, when the brown hits the fan,when things are already too far gone.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

I help entrepreneurs like YOU access the law - yes contracts, fine print - all that LEGAL CRAP - before you get screwed.

I left the corporate grind for the world of online legal essentials 10 years ago and haven’t looked back.

Now, it is my mission - and the mission of this show - to help you see how empowering the law can be for you and your business.

So you can have a sense of ease, a sense of protection and security.

And, by the way, it doesn’t have to be robotic, soulless or boring.

So stick around, if you want to figure out all this legal stuff, cuz with this show,  I’m going to guide you to seeing when you need to stop, take a breath and GET IT IN WRITING!

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Season 1 - Episode 9

 
The three types of legal structures for your Canadian business 

What type of business should I have? This episode describes the pros and cons of each of the three types of legal structures for Canadian businesses: sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations, so you can confidently decide. 

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinnne covers the advantages and disadvantages of:

  • Sole proprietorships - easy and inexpensive to form but no owner liability protection or multiple owners allowed!
  • Partnerships - combine resources but have liability concerns for partners. A partnership agreement is a must!  
  • Corporations - the most expensive legal structure to form but can come with liability and tax planning benefits

Season 1 - Episode 8

 
What contracts to use when you are hiring someone

Is your latest hire an employee or a contractor? It’s important to know the differences between hiring employees and contractors for your business.  There are many important legal implications for each.

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinnne covers:

  • How to determine an employee versus a contractor with the four part legal test 
  • What liability matters to consider for employees versus contractors  
  • Who owns what? Ownership of content created by employees versus contractors

Season 1 - Episode 7

 
What to put in your client contract

Congratulations! You’ve landed yourself a client. Now what? In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau answers the question - What should I include in my client contract?

Specifics of the episode:

  • Why it is beneficial to create clear expectations up front
  • The must have clauses that protect you from liability 
  • Words matter: Important legalese and how it protects your business

Season 1 - Episode 6

 
Ways to get a contract signed digitally


No ink in your pen? No problem! Contracts can be legally valid and enforceable in Canada if they are signed digitally. In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne guides listeners through the purpose of signing and how to do it without ink on paper. This episode covers: 

  • How to get documents signed digitally- four different ways
  • Why using a digital signature program is the Gold standard for getting documents signed digitally
  • How to get product and service purchasers to agree to your terms using a hyperlink on your checkout page

Season 1 - Episode 5

 
Why written contracts are better than oral contracts

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne provides practical reasons why having a key business contract in writing is better than only having a verbal version. This episode covers: 

  • Why contracts at their most basic level are legally enforceable promises
  • How written contracts help create clear boundaries and expectations up front
  • Common weaknesses of oral/verbal contracts and when they may be appropriate

Season 1 - Episode 4

 
How the law helps business owners make better decisions

Your business will need different types of legal support at different stages of growth. Today, Corinne dives into what to consider as you scale and grow your business and team. This episode covers:

  • How the stage of growth you're in will determine your legal needs
  • A Coaches and Service Providers case study
  • A Musicians and Health Care Providers case study

Season 1 - Episode 3

 
How to spot a good contract

More growth, more risk! In this episode of Get it in Writing, Corinne digs into how the right contracts can help business owners manage risk. She covers:

  • What is risk? Where are risks likely to escalate and present themselves?
  • How managing risk is about creating boundaries and why we might have trouble enforcing them
  • Examples of growth that create more risk - e.g. scaling from one-on-one to group, exporting creative products out of country or hiring a team

Season 1 - Episode 2


Why every business has legal issues (even if they don't realize it)

Can you afford a lawyer? They are expensive! In this episode of Get it in Writing, Corinne explains: 

  • The emblematic shift in how we, as creative entrepreneurs and small biz owners need to view the law and deprogram our beliefs
  • Why protecting our work and our time are crucial to understand as a small business owner. (Yes you have legal issues - even if you don't think you do!) 
  • Why Online Legal Essentials focuses on templates versus being 'a course'

Season 1 - Episode 1


How the law can help your business

In this first episode of Get it in Writing, Corinne Boudreau guides you through: 

  • How most business owners FEEL about the law, lawyers and contracts and why we feel like it's too formal and not personal enough 
  • Her ENERGETIC connection to what the law makes possible and how charging corporate rates for legal advice didn't FEEL energetically aligned
  • How her legal template library is like a CAA membership for your business and provides peace of mind

Season 1 - Trailer


Introducing...

My name is Corinne Boudreau. I’m a mother, a guitar player, a gin drinker, and a recreational hockey player… 

Oh ya…And I am a lawyer… 

The truth is most business owners only call a lawyer when they are in over their heads, when the brown hits the fan,when things are already too far gone.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

I help entrepreneurs like YOU access the law - yes contracts, fine print - all that LEGAL CRAP - before you get screwed. 

I left the corporate grind for the world of online legal essentials 10 years ago and haven’t looked back.

Now, it is my mission - and the mission of this show - to help you see how empowering the law can be for you and your business.

So you can have a sense of ease, a sense of protection and security.

And, by the way, it doesn’t have to be robotic, soulless or boring.

So stick around, if you want to figure out all this legal stuff, cuz with this show,  I’m going to guide you to seeing when you need to stop, take a breath and GET IT IN WRITING!