Digital Esquire

Online legal services
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Before coughing up big bucks in for a living, breathing , take a look at some free or low-cost legal services that could fill your needs. There's a lot out there for the digging. Here are a few gems:

  •'s Law ( is a great general law resource. If you're running a Web business, you'll want to bookmark the pages on cyberspace law and copyright/trademark issues. There's also legal news and, mercifully, lawyer jokes.
  • ( provides a great database to help you locate a lawyer, plus tools to help you decide if you really need to hire one. You'll find tips on how to decide which professional to hire, how to get the best results from your attorney, a list of estimated costs and more. Advice columns, legal news and some free legal forms are also among the offerings here.

It's Formulaic

Hiring a for simple contracts can be a waste of your time and money. Handle simple agreements and deals with contracts, forms and other do-it-yourself legal documents available online:

  • ( offers a few freebies, but there is a (very reasonable) charge for most forms, including part-nership contracts and employment forms.
  • Quickform Contracts ( has a bevy of legal documents and contracts for Internet businesses and others; prices are around $20.
  • Techdeals at ( has legal forms for e-business transactions, such as intellectual property licenses, sponsorship, affiliate deals and more. Don't miss the directory of hundreds of legal forms in the search engine.

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