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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 2 - Episode 28

 
Discussing Art Therapy With Art Therapist & Grief Coach Jacqueline Steudler

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau is joined by Jacqueline Steudler, Art Therapist and Grief Coach. After her mother's death in 2013, she has focused on helping grieving women. Jacqueline’s art therapy knowledge and grief recovery training help her clients navigate their grief journey. Listen in to the conversation about Jacqueline's journey from Art teacher in Switzerland to Art Therapist and Grief Coach in Nova Scotia.

Specifically, Corinne and Jacqueline chat about:

  • Why assigning grades to art was a catalyst for moving from teaching to art therapy
  • Creative strategies for dealing with grief
  • Why it’s important as a creative person to not procrastinate on the legal stuff and just get it done.


Connect with Jacqueline:
Website: https://www.healingforgrievinghearts.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jst_arttherapy/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacquelinesteudler/

 

Season 2 - Episode 27

 
Did The Apple Fall Far From The Tree? With Special Guest Bernie Boudreau

Did the apple fall far from the tree? In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau talks to her dad, Bernie Boudreau about the legal profession and how it can improve.

Specifically, Corinne chats with Bernie about:

  • Why he chose law as a profession and some highlights and lowlights from his legal career in Cape Breton.
  • His experiences in hiring and working with lawyers in his role with start-up companies.
  • How the legal profession can change for the better in the next 5-10 years.


Read more about Bernie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Boudreau

 

Season 2 - Episode 26

 
How To Have A Work Party Without Liability

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau is sharing some tips for hosting a holiday party for the workplace without creating liability concerns.

Specifically, Corinne sheds light on:

  • Why workplace safety laws do not go out the window during the holiday party.
  • How planning ahead can help you create the right culture for celebrating the end of the year and other holiday traditions.
  • How serving alcohol at a holiday party requires you to consider the concept of "social host liability" and how to keep everyone safe. 

 

Season 2 - Episode 25

 
Deconstructing A Story With Storytelling Coach Marsha Shandur

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau welcomes storytelling coach Marsha Shandur to discuss storytelling and when she knew it was time to get more serious about contracts.

Specifically, Corinne and Martha chat about:

  • Some of their go-to stories to tell and some of their inspirations
  • How Marsha deconstructs the telling of her story
  • Top tips and resources for how to make your stories better

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Check out Marsha's secret landing page that she created for just for this episode:
https://www.yesyesmarsha.com/getitinwriting/ 

And connect with Marsha on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yesyesmarsha/

 

Season 2 - Episode 24

 
What Is The Age Of Majority? Capacity Issues In Getting Your Contracts Signed

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau discusses some potential issues to consider regarding the capacity to get your contracts signed.

Specifically, Corinne dives into:

  • Why the age of majority matters - it is the age at which someone is considered a legal adult.
  • Other considerations for client or customer capacity issues regarding their legal ability to sign a contract.
  • How to develop a process to recognize powers of attorney documents or to get parents or other legal guardians to sign contracts.

Consider any common capacity issues in your business and develop alternative practices in your contracts process.

Table of Age of Majority across Canada - https://www.tdcanadatrust.com/includes/apply/aom.html

 

Season 2 - Episode 23

 
What To Do If Your Mother Wants To Give You Money For Your Business


In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau discusses the legal options for taking money for your business from your mother (or other well-meaning friends or relatives).

Specifically, Corinne shares three options for how to receive money for business from your mom:

  • Consider it a gift.
  • Consider it a loan and to document it appropriately.
  • Issue shares of your corporation to your mom.

Download these free agreements:

 

Season 2 - Episode 22

 
What The Heck Is A Dividend, And How Can I Pay Myself A Dividend?

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau breaks down the legal essentials of dividends including when and how to pay them out of your incorporated business.

Specifically, Corinne explains:

  •  What is a dividend?
  •  Who decides to pay a dividend and how much can it be?
  • How to properly document the payment of dividends from your corporation to make Canada Revenue Agency happy.


Canada Revenue Agency T5 Guide - https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/forms-publications/publications/t4015/t5-guide-return-investment-income.html 

Need to catch up on documenting your dividends? Check out the Annual Corporation Dividend Resolutions Template Package - https://onlinelegalessentials.thrivecart.com/annual-corporation-dividend-resolutions/ 

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Season 2 - Episode 21

 
I Don't Want To Give You My Home Address

n this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau talks about why the requirement to provide a physical business address is a greater concern for women and why it needs to change. 

Specifically, Corinne highlights: 

  • How registering a business or non-profit with a Corporate Registry currently requires the person to provide a physical address.  
  • Which other legal requirements require a physical address too.  
  • Why this seemingly neutral requirement of a physical address impacts women-owned businesses disproportionately. 

Let me know if these physical address requirements have impacted you and what you did about it. I want to gather stories and start to advocate for change. Submit your story here. 

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Season 2 - Episode 20

 
Promoting Local Businesses With Melanie Little Of vLife

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau is joined by entrepreneur Melanie Little, owner of vLife, a platform connecting local customers with local businesses. They discuss their business journeys and what they have learned from each other. 

Specifically, Corinne and Melanie dive into:

  • How difficult it can be to find local businesses - vLife has created a platform to connect customers with local services and products.
  • When you don't know what you don't know on the legal side, finding some key trusted resources can help you to prevent problems.
  • How talking to your customers and building the smallest thing first can help you to find your legs as a business.  


Check out the VLife platform at https://vlifeapp.ca/ 

Connect with Melanie Little on LinkedIn or Instagram @vlifeapp.   

Ultimate Online Business Checklist - https://www.onlinelegalessentials.ca/ultimate-online-biz-checklist 

 

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Season 2 - Episode 19


What To Do (Legally) If Your Clients Or Customers Are Outside Of Canada


In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau shares some practical legal tips for service providers, coaches and course creators who have clients and customers outside of Canada. 

Specifically, Corinne dives into: 

  • Why being more formal in your written contract can help to identify any issues or avoid misunderstandings upfront. Hint: Many cultural differences in business practices exist.
  • How getting a deposit or retainer upfront can be written into your contract and how can provide some measure of protection against non-payment. Spoiler: It is more difficult to enforce payment outside of Canada!
  • How having a governing law clause in your written contract can help to ensure which laws will apply, where the contract would be held

Ultimate Online Business Checklist - https://www.onlinelegalessentials.ca/ultimate-online-biz-checklist 

Check out Client Agreement Templates in the online store - https://www.onlinelegalessentials.ca/store 

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Season 2 - Episode 18


How To Form A Legal Foundation For Your Virtual Assistant Business

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau highlights those operating a Virtual Assistant Business or Agency. She gives practical tips for creating a strong legal foundation. It will also be helpful for business owners looking to hire a Virtual Assistant. 

Specifically, Corinne addresses: 

  • The important legal differences between being an Employee or a Contractor and how to apply this when you hire or are being hired.
  • What to put in your written VA contract with your clients to protect yourself and make it more likely you'll get paid.
  • The importance of Privacy Policies and Non-Disclosure Agreements for Virtual Assistants and their clients. 


Check out the Virtual Assistants Hiring Offer in the online store https://onlinelegalessentials.thrivecart.com/va-hiring-templates/  

If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the Quiz - https://www.onlinelegalessentials.ca/entrepreneurship-journey-quiz

 

 

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Season 1 - Episode 17

 
Who Can I Add To My Email List?

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau talks about the Canadian anti-spam rules (Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation) that apply to sending emails and other electronic messages as well as the EU rules (General Data Protection Regulation).

Specifically, Corinne addresses:

  • When CASL and GDPR rules apply to your email and electronic messages.
  • What the three basic requirements are under CASL.
  • How you can use the "implied consent" and "excluded messages" rules under CASL to boost your email list.


If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

 

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Season 1 - Episode 16

 
Are Legal Waivers Legit?

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau dives into when legal waivers should be used by businesses and how to make them enforceable.

Specifically, Corinne addresses:

  • What the purpose of legal waivers are and how they allow a business to have a client, purchaser or user waive their rights to sue the business for certain types of losses.
  • What three main requirements have to be met in order for a legal waiver to be enforceable.
  • When and where waivers need to be signed.


Consider when you need to get a waiver signed in your business and set up a process to get this done before the activity begins.

Mentioned in this episode:

 Check out the Legal Waiver Template Package in my online store - https://onlinelegalessentials.thrivecart.com/legal-waiver-101-template/

 
If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

 

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Season 1 - Episode 15

 
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Non-Disclosure Agreements

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau discusses the uses of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in business and why a group of women is looking to outlaw them for shutting up victims.

Specifically, Corinne addresses:

  • How NDAs started out as a way for tech and other start-up businesses to protect their intellectual property.
  • How NDAs have recently been used to silence sexual assault and other victims when lawsuits are settled.
  • Why NDAs can still be useful in your small business when you are protecting confidential or proprietary information.


Mentioned in this episode:

Check out the Can't Buy My Silence website - https://cantbuymysilence.com/

Check out the Legal Hiring Template Package in my online store - https://www.onlinelegalessentials.ca/store


If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

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Season 1 - Episode 14

 
The Legal Aspects of an Online Launch

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau dives into one of the most often asked questions by business owners who are about to launch a new online course or membership or eCommerce store - What do I need to do to be legally prepared?

Specifically, Corinne addresses:

  • Why your checkout page should contain links to your product terms and privacy policy.
  • Why the four legal essentials (copyright notice, privacy policy, disclaimers and terms of use) need to be on your website.
  • How to address the key terms in your online agreement in your new client/student onboarding process.


Mentioned in this episode:

Blog post- I just started my online business.  What do I need legally in Canada?

Check out the Canadian Course Creator package in my online store - https://www.onlinelegalessentials.ca/store

If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

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Season 1 - Episode 13

 
How Does My Content Get Protected By Copyright?

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau aims to help listeners understand the basics of copyright law and how they can protect the content they create in their business.

Specifically, Corinne goes into:

  • How copyright protection is automatic on creation and is internationally applicable.
  • The four categories of content protected by copyright - Literary, Artistic, Dramatic and Musical
  • How copyright protection gives you the exclusive rights to use content, including various ways to make money from it in your business.

Create processes to protect the original free and paid content that you are creating in your business. Your future self will thank you.  


If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip?
 Take the quiz and find out!

 

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Season 1 - Episode 12

 
Five Things To Do To Review A Legal Contract

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau shares five practical tips for reviewing legal contracts that you receive in your business. You’ll learn how to analyze the parts of a contract and what questions to ask.

Specifically, Corinne touches on:

  • Why it’s important to know that you CAN understand legal contracts.
  • Which questions to ask and why you should take your time before you sign.
  • How to break the contract down into sections; scope, payment, representations and limitations of liability.

Don't be forced to sign a contract that you are not comfortable with. Take some time to identify potential risks. Another party is probably drafting the contract in their favour.


If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

 

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Season 1 - Episode 11

 
The Four Legal Things You Need on Your Website

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau describes the four legal components to have on your Canadian business website - copyright notices, legal disclaimers, privacy policies and terms of use.  

Specifically, Corinne chats about:

  • Why a copyright notice can protect the content on your website. 
  • How legal disclaimers on your website can create clear expectations and boundaries for website visitors.
  • Which privacy policies are required by law to be on your website because you are collecting personal information.


If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

 

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Season 1 - Episode 10

 
Employee Snooping and Other Privacy Breaches to Guard Against if You're a Health Care Practitioner

In this episode of Get It In Writing, Corinne Boudreau explores common sources of privacy breaches for health care practitioners in Canada with health privacy expert, Jean Eaton

Specifically, Corinne and Jean chat about:

  • How employee snooping results in 20% of health care privacy breaches
  • What policies you must have in your health care practice  
  • What role and importance privacy policies play in health care


Want to learn more? Pick up Jean’s book, Tips to Prevent Employee Snooping: A Key Component of Your Privacy Practice Management Program, on Amazon.


If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip?
 Take the quiz and find out!

 

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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

If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

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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

If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

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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

If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

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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

If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

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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

If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

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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

If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

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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
     

If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

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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'
     

    If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!
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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

If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

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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!

If Entrepreneurship is a Journey, How Legally Prepared are you for the Trip? Take the quiz and find out!

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