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The Matchstick Journal

News, articles and quips from the desks of your trusted Matchstick legal advisors.

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Key Considerations in Drafting Retainer Agreements

Retainers can be great for the studio or agency but they are prone to disputes. Longer terms lead to forgotten discussions, evolving needs, and unmet expectations.

Introducing Emessay

Introducing Emessay: an online service for generating legalese-free, customizable contracts for your creative business.

Planning for PPP Forgiveness

Once you have a PPP loan, your focus turns to forgiveness. We don’t have official guidance yet, but are expecting regulations soon. When we see that guidance, we’ll update this post. Until then, here is what we think.

Covid-19 Agency Survival Guide

Summary of key developments and tips for agencies in the time of Covid-19. Updates on new legislation beneficial to agencies, recommendations for contract issues, how to get paid, navigating employment matters, and more. Will keep updated.

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Bad Contract Writing Can Be Bad for Business

Many creative professionals have contracts that are legally sufficient but are written with language that is at odds with their brand and way of doing business. These bloated contracts cost time, money, and client trust.

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