Have you ever gotten caught in a downpour…stuck without your trusty umbrella to keep you protected??

We’ve all been there at some point or another. Sometimes, it’s a minor annoyance. We sigh to ourselves and vow to check the weather apps before going out again, but usually, it’s not a big deal.

Other times, we can even turn our drizzly frowns upside down, transforming the unexpected downpour into a positive experience. Stomp some puddles, create some funny memories, look into the sky and see a fabulous rainbow.

But then…there are other times when the situation becomes much more dire. 

Say, for instance, you’re walking to an important interview for the job of your dreams. Now those soggy pant legs, muddy heels, and rain-slicked hair have the potential to wreak havoc on your hopes and plans for the future. 

Your confidence is shaken. 

Your meticulously prepared resume is splotchy and barely readable. 

You’re on the verge of tears, but suck it up knowing puffy red eyes will only make things worse…

Dear reader, we must avoid this last, worst-case scenario AT ALL COSTS!!

When the stakes are that high, we have to take ALL the precautions. We assemble an emergency prep kit:

Leave an hour early? ✅

Grab the hair & makeup supplies for emergency touch-ups? ✅

Print a half dozen extra copies of your resume? ✅

Throw a change of clothes into the car? ✅

Gather your rain gear, especially the umbrella? ✅

Will you need all these items and all that spare time? Hopefully not. But if you do, and you’re caught unprepared… YIKES.

Leaving your business exposed to the elements, without your Legal Umbrella up, is like tempting fate. 

The stakes are simply too high to continue without solid legal protections. 

It’s time for a quick checkup: 

Can you honestly answer a resounding “YES!” to these U.M.B.R.E.L.L.A. questions? 

👉  Is all of your Unique content safely protected from dishonest copycats who missed the lesson in high school about plagiarism? And if someone does steal your stuff, are you confident you can legally make them take it down?

👉 Do you have clear policies and systems to prevent chargebacks, ghosted payments, or refund requests? In other words, are you doing all you can to protect your Money??

👉 Are you 100% confident that your Brand name and/or logo isn’t infringing on someone else’s trademark? That it isn’t just a tad too close to a competitor’s name? (Hint: No, you can’t legally call your program “The Digital Courses Academy” to get around Amy Porterfield’s Digital Course Academy trademark)  And, on the flip side, are you sure no one else is riding your coattails, promoting their program with a way-too-similar name to yours?? If you have a huge following under the brand name The Happy Healthy Housewife, are you sure there aren’t any copycats using the name The Healthy Happy Housewife??

👉 Do you have clear boundaries in all your working Relationships? Do your clients know what they can expect when working with you? For example, do they know when they can (and cannot) expect to hear from you? Do they know what process to follow if they want to stop working with you? If you offer done-for-you services, do you have a clear scope of work and timeline for delivery, so everyone knows who should do what, and when? 

👉 Does your online empire, including your website, emails and social media platforms, have all the proper notices, policies, and disclaimers posted? Your entire E-presence needs to be protected with clear terms of use, privacy policies, and disclaimers about what you can and cannot do (ex: coaches are there to support clients in reaching their goals, but clients are responsible for all results).

👉 Is your Love-Life-Attitude protected? Do you feel free to set your own hours, work on your own terms, work with who you want, and do the tasks that light you up? Is your business set up in a way that is drama-proofed?

Dear friend, if you are hesitant to answer any of those questions in the affirmative, it’s time to batten down the hatches! 

First the bad news. 😱

Your business is currently vulnerable to potentially devastating, business-dream-ending storms that can crop up without warning.

Now the GOOD NEWS!! 🙌

The fix is easy: you simply need your trusty Legal UMBRELLA™ to keep your business dry in even the wildest of storms. 

My signature suite of 10 lawyer-drafted, solid legal agreements will secure and cover each and every corner of your legal foundation. 

From client service agreements to payment policies, content protection to website security, and everything in-between, the Legal UMBRELLA™ package has you covered, to get your business buttoned up and legally compliant.  

Head here to purchase this package of industry-specific, fully customizable, easy-to-understand set of 10 foundational legal agreements → The Legal Umbrella 

Not sure this is what you need? Book a free Rainy Day Readiness Call with me, and we’ll get it figured out in no time! 

Together, let’s make 2024 the year you never leave home without your trusty UMBRELLA ☂️☂️☂️☂️

December 04, 2023 — Layne Lyons Pecoff