Why Trade Based Businesses Should Rely on Lawyers, Not Templates or AI, for Contracts

by | Jul 4, 2023 | Commercial Clients, Tradie Businesses

Why Trade-Based Businesses Need Lawyers, Not AI or Templates, for Contractual Matters

In the rapidly evolving business landscape, trade-based businesses are often tempted by the apparent ease and efficiency of template contracts or Artificial Intelligence (AI) generated advice/documents. While these methods might appear cost-effective and fast, they can lead to unforeseen consequences, particularly when dealing with complex, state-specific laws and industry regulations. This is where the value of an experienced business lawyer truly shines.

State-Specific Laws:

Every state in Australia has its own unique set of laws, regulations, and legal procedures for trade based businesses which must be adhered to. These laws can significantly influence how you run your business and draft your contracts. A template contract or AI-generated document is unlikely to consider these specific requirements, potentially leaving your business exposed to legal issues and potentially significant fines or loss of licences.

An experienced business lawyer, on the other hand, understands these differences and can tailor your contracts accordingly to ensure you are protected as much as possible. This is especially crucial if your trade-based business operates across multiple states.

Adhering to Industry Regulations:

Beyond state laws, trade-based businesses often have to comply with specific industry regulations and standards. Whether it’s specific legislative requirements, health and safety protocols, licensing requirements, or trade practices, these regulations need to be clearly defined and adhered to in your contracts.

Once again, template contracts or AI-generated documents may lack these specifics. In contrast, a dedicated lawyer will ensure your contracts align with the necessary industry standards, keeping your business compliant and safeguarded.

Understanding the Limitations of Templates:

Using a template contract is a bit like buying a suit off the rack. It might fit reasonably well, but it will never match the tailored fit of a suit designed specifically for your unique measurements. In the same way, template contracts can’t fully cater to the distinctive needs of your business.

Furthermore, the cost savings of template contracts may be illusory. If a dispute arises, a poorly drafted contract could end up costing far more in litigation expenses than the initial savings gained from avoiding lawyer fees.

Templates are not without their uses, but when it comes to drafting certain legal documents, they can fall short. The primary issue is their ‘one-size-fits-all’ nature. Templates are typically designed to cover general scenarios and might miss critical nuances unique to your business or industry.

Importantly, these methods cannot replace the human understanding and strategic thinking a lawyer brings to the table. A lawyer’s ability to comprehend your specific needs, the unique context of your industry, and anticipate potential issues is simply irreplaceable.

Why Trade-Based Businesses Need Lawyers, Not AI or Templates, for Contractual Matters

Understanding the Limitations of AI:

Using AI for legal document creation is very dangerous. ChatGPT for example is not geared up whatever to give legal advice – it even tells you that if you ask any legal questions.

Again, if a dispute arises, a badly drafted contract could be simply invalid and end up costing far more in litigation expenses than the initial savings gained from avoiding paying lawyers.

The Value of a Lawyer:

This is where a business lawyer can make all the difference. A lawyer can craft a bespoke contract that:

  • Takes into account the unique aspects of your business and its operations.
  • Complies with the specific laws of the state in which your business operates.
  • Meets the requirements set by any regulatory bodies governing your industry.

Lawyers bring a deep understanding of the law and a wealth of experience in contract drafting. They can anticipate potential issues and protect your business from legal pitfalls that a template or AI might miss. They can also ensure that your contracts are fair, balanced, and aligned with your business objectives.

In addition, a lawyer can explain the contract to you in plain English. They can highlight any potential risks and opportunities, helping you make informed decisions about your business.

In a world where shortcuts and quick fixes are often tempting, it’s important to understand the value of investing in professional legal counsel. A business lawyer’s role is not just to draft contracts, but to offer strategic advice, help navigate complex laws and regulations, and ultimately, protect your business from potential legal disputes. For trade-based businesses, this bespoke legal support can be the difference between a thriving enterprise and a costly legal nightmare. For more details on the future of law and AI see our blog on Will AI Replace Lawyers.

So, before you opt for the seemingly easy route of templates or AI for your contracts, consider the long-term advantages of having a skilled business lawyer in your corner. After all, when it comes to the law, it’s not just about getting it done – it’s about getting it right.

To get further information as to how Rise Legal can assist you and your business, book in for a free 15-minute consultation with one of our lawyers.

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Helen Kay

If you require any assistance with your business legals or any other commercial legal issue, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Typical Legal Disclaimer!…

Unfortunately, there is never a ‘one size fits all’ formula to apply. Every situation is unique and it can be tricky to wrap your head around some areas of the law. To ensure you are setting yourself and your business up for success, it is always best to consult a legal professional with expertise in the field.

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