Legal Advice

Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 13:22:21 -0600
From: Kelly Cheek
Subject: illustration: Legal Q&A

Found a cool web site if you have legal questions. While there is no category covering art specifically, there are some broad categories which may suffice depending on the nature of your inquiry. Anyway, you can post a legal question and actual lawyers (from a nationwide network of lawyers) will answer it free of charge! What a concept! You can also search the database for previous questions and answers pertaining to your concern, and specify your own (or any other) state, or all states. (I think it's just available for questions pertaining to United States law -- I haven't searched extensively enough yet to see if they have any options for other countries.) Could be a very useful resource!

Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 21:50:30 -0500
From: Luanne Marten
Subject: Re: illustration: Self mult-lev.marketg of art

I have a great attorney I've worked with through SCBWI. She writes the legal column for the SCBWI Bulletin. Her name is Mary Flower and phone # is 212-362-7164, New York City. She will talk with you over the phone and charge an hourly rate or you can send a contract and have her negotiate or just give you a list of things to go for as far as changes. She is very knowledgeable about the publishing business.

Hope this helps.


Colorado Lawyers for the Arts
Denver, CO 80203

Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 13:38:21 EST
Subject: Re: illustration: breaking a contract

I would also check your contract and see if there is a clause about breaking it. It may be worthwhile to have an attorney look over your contract. Local art organizations have names of attorneys (AIGA, for instance). It is not as expensive as you might think and worth the future headaches. You could also have them draft up a clause where you would be held harmless if there is a conflict, though this can be tricky depending on interpretation. Good Luck.


Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1998 15:59:02 -0800
From: stephanie anne holland
Subject: Re: illustration: Re: breaking a contract

The book I told you about from GAG has some excellent pre-written forms & contracts that you'll probably find useful in the future. As to your current legal problem, there are many low-priced and free options avaialble that many people never know are out there. For example, 1) in your yellow pages, look up "legal clinics." 2) The local small claims court offers free advice here in California. 3) And don't forget the power of your nearest university or law school. Many have students about to take the bar who'll consult with you for free. Good luck and keep us posted!

all the best,
Stephanie Holland
Imagemaker Ad Copy & Design

I always have an attorney look over my contracts before I send them out. BTW - I also joined GAG just because I believe in their stand for artist's rights.


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