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Free Legal Documents for Startups


Free Legal Documents for Startups

When starting a new business for the first time, all the legal jargons and documents could sometimes be overwhelming and costly. However, with some basic legal knowledge, proper guidance and access to verified legal documents, understanding legal requirements can be a breeze. Here is a list of free legal documents for Startups available through IndiaFilings.

Offer Letter

One of the first document used by a startup after incorporation is offer letter for the hiring of employees. The employer issues an Offer Letter or an Employment Offer Letter containing all the terms and conditions of employment in writing to a candidate who has been selected to work with a Business. The job offer letter describes briefly information about the position offered, location of the job, starting date, salary and other information pertaining to the job offered. You can easily create an offer letter through LiveEdit feature or download a free format.

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Appointment Letter

If a candidate accepts an offer letter and decides to join employment, an appointment letter is issued. After offer letter, appointment letters are usually given on the first day of the candidate starting work. The appointment letter describes in length the position offered, salary, benefits, confidentiality policy, work policy, starting date, and important information about the employment. Offer letters are typically brief, while appointment letter provides more information about the position, responsibilities, duties, benefits and salary information. You can easily create an appointment letter through IndiaFilings or download an appointment letter format for free.

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Non-Disclosure Agreement

On the date of joining for employment, an appointment letter is provided to the employee and a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is signed. A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and Non-Compete Agreement is a legal contract usually entered into between an employer and an employee that outlines the responsibility for managing confidential information, the knowledge that they wish to share with one another for certain purposes, but wish to restrict access to or by third parties. The Non-Disclosure Agreement and Non-Compete Agreement describe in detail what information is confidential and the terms for protecting and disclosing the confidential information. You can easily create a Non-Disclosure Agreement through IndiaFilings for free.

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Website Privacy Policy

Most businesses today have an online presence through a website.  A website Privacy policy is a statement or a legal document that discloses some or all of the ways a party (the website) gathers, uses, discloses and manages a customer or client’s data. In India, the Information Technology Rules, 2011 require a body corporate to provide a privacy policy for handling of or dealing in personal information, making the privacy policy a must-have for websites. Further, in case of obtaining a payment gateway for a website, one of the requirements verified by the payment gateway provider is the availability of an acceptable privacy policy on the website. You can easily create a website privacy policy using LiveEdit feature on IndiaFilings.

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Website Terms and Conditions

Website terms and conditions detail the terms and conditions for using the website. Hence, the Website Terms & Conditions is a legal document that details the terms and conditions that the user must abide by while using the website. The website terms and conditions agreement details the license of the copyright in the website, includes a disclaimer of liability, an acceptable use clause, a variation clause, a clause specifying the applicable law and jurisdiction and other legal information. Most websites can use a standard format website terms and conditions; however, in case of eCommerce websites or web applications, it is best to draft a customised Website Terms and Conditions by taking the help of a Lawyer.

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