When doing business, it is common to conclude various contracts with various parties. For frequently used contracts, contract templates are saved in each company, but if it is the first contract such as a contract sent from the other party, it is troublesome to ask a lawyer to review each time. . ' Common Paper ' is a service that allows you to create a contract that both parties have the same understanding by using a 'standard contract' that has been elaborated by lawyers. It is said that not only the creation of the contract, but also the negotiation of changes to the clause, signature, and storage after the contract, so I actually tried using it to see what it was like.
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When you access the official website, you will see the screen below. First, click 'Standards' to check the standard contract.
Common Paper's repository on Github and are available under CC BY 4.0 . This time I will look at 'TOS'. Click inside the 'Terms of Service' frame in the upper right.
'NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)' 'Design (Design Partner Agreement)' 'TOS (Terms of Service)' 'CSA (Cloud Service Agreement)' 'SLA (Service Level Agreement)' 'DPA (Data Processing Agreement)' 'PSA ( Eight standard contracts were prepared: Professional Service Contract) and Partner Contract. These standard contracts are stored in
Then, a screen that allows you to customize the contract appeared. Click 'Continue'.
When you can fill in, scroll the screen and click 'Continue'.
I still have a lot of business related questions. It seems that the subscription period can be changed. This time, just click 'Continue'.
Similarly, if you want to change the billing period, change it ... There were about 10 questions like that.
After completing the business-related entries, it's time to enter the legal-related entries. It was possible to enter the jurisdiction law and court of jurisdiction, and change the arrangements for compensation for damages. Since Common Paper is an American service, you can only create English contracts under the jurisdiction of American courts.
Additional clauses can be included in the contract.
Finally, enter the company name and contact email address and click 'Continue'.
A confirmation screen will appear.
If there is no problem, click 'Continue'.
The contract is now created. The contract can be downloaded in three formats: 'Markdown', 'HTML' and 'Word'. However, no matter which format you choose, a file with the extension docx will be downloaded.
When I opened the contract in markdown format in Word, the text inside was properly in markdown format. Thankfully, the Markdown notation explanation is inserted at the top.
The contract in HTML format is also in HTML format when opened in Word.
Of course, contracts in Word format can be properly viewed in Word.
As mentioned above, if you only customize and create a contract, you do not need to register at all. Furthermore, by registering as a member, you can use the function to discuss with the other party, sign the contract, and store the signed contract. Click 'TRY IT FREE' to create an account.
Decide your email address and password and click 'Continue'.
A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you entered, so click 'Confirm my account'.
Enter your company name and country name. When you enter a word in the 'Street address' field, it is a convenient mechanism that all addresses containing that word are lined up.
When you click on the corresponding address when you have narrowed it down to a good feeling, the fields such as zip code are automatically filled. Click 'Save organization'.
Now you can select the contract to create. Next time I will create an NDA (non-disclosure agreement).
Click 'Create a Cover Page template'.
Just like when you created the TOS, you can customize the contract based on the Common Paper standard contract.
Of course, the jurisdiction law and court of jurisdiction can only be selected in the United States.
The contract template is now complete. Click 'Send a test' to test the actual transmission.
Enter the other party's email address and name.
Scroll down and click 'Send agreement' at the bottom.
The recipient will receive an email like the one below. Click 'Review your agreement'.
The contents of the contract are displayed. If there are points you want to modify, click 'Propose changes' OK.
You will be able to edit the contract, so correct it and click 'Submit changes'.
I got yelled at that I needed to enter my name, title, and address first, so I'll fill that out first.
When you can fill it in, reconsider and click 'Submit changes'.
Looking at the screen of the company that sent the contract, the display of the Status column of the contract was 'Review changes'. Click to check.
Changes are clearly marked in red. If there is no problem, click 'Accept and sign agreement'.
The Dropbox Sign signing tool will launch. Since this is a test contract, it is not legally binding. Click OK.
Click the 'Signature' column under the contract.
There are three ways to sign: handwriting, typing, and taking a photo. In the case of handwriting, 'Ctrl + Z' does not work, so it is necessary to write in one shot. After signing, click 'Insert'.
You will be asked to agree to the terms of service, so click 'Agree'.
Your signature is now complete. The contract partner can also sign in exactly the same procedure, and if both sides sign, the contract will be valid.
After signing the contract from the other party, when I logged in to Common Paper, the Status column of the contract was 'Completed'.
The usage fee for Common Paper is free if it is only for the creation and management of NDA and TOS. For other contracts, up to 5 customers were free, and after that, a monthly fee was charged according to the number of customers. You can check the relationship between the number of customers and the price on the Pricing page .