A business uses documents and reports to share information, data, and numbers to improve operations, management, and sales, among other reasons. The term “business documents” often refers to several types of documents each of which has different sections and content.
Examples of Business Documents:
- Employee handbooks: Florida is an “employment-at-will” state. Which means an employer may terminate an employment relationship at any time for any given reason unless certain agreements or an employment contract exists.
- Non-compete agreements: a contract between an employee and employer in which the employee agrees not to enter into competition with the employer during or after employment.
- Corporate bylaws
- Operating agreement for LLC, Partnerships, etc: outlines an LLC’s financial and functional decisions
- Non-disclosure agreement: creates a confidential relationship between your business and any contractors, employees, and other business partners who might get a behind-the-scenes look at your operations
- Employment agreement: a contract that sets the obligations and expectations of the company and employee in order to minimize future disputes.
Reasons you should use an attorney to draft your legal documents:
- You may end up bound to terms you don’t want by not fully understanding the laws that may affect your business.
- Online legal document libraries may be enticing but you may not understand the terms you are putting into your document. It’s hard to know this information without proper legal training.
- You may not be creating a valid and enforceable agreement.
- You may not be protecting your interests. If you aren’t familiar with contract law, a contract drafted by a non-lawyer may not protect your interests at all.