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FINANCIAL HEALTH: LEGAL

INTRO TO CONTRACTS

Two Lessons: Overview Of The What And The Why Of A Contract; Legalese Vocabulary Explained
LED BY
Staff Attorney at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of NY
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Course Description

1. Contract Basics Part 1: Overview

Did you buy a coffee this morning? Contract. Order something online? Contract. Whether you recognize it or not, we all enter into contracts on a daily basis. In this lesson, Laura Levin-Dando, Staff Attorney at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of NY, demystifies the basics of contracts in approachable terms, highlighting the importance of contracts as business tools for creatives, relationship management tools, and insurance in both worst- and best-case scenarios. Her explanations make it clear that contracts are an opportunity for two or more parties to set expectations and develop clear, fair terms, ultimately minimizing disagreements and establishing positive common ground before any work takes place.

2. Contract Basics Part 2: Vocab Explained!

After watching Contract Basics Part 1, where you learned how contracts exist in the world and how you enter into contracts in your day-to-day life, you’re ready to delve deeper into key contract terms. Laura Levin-Dando, Staff Attorney at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of NY, deftly explains contracts as tools to answer key clarifying questions for you such as the Who, What, When, Where, and How of an opportunity. After giving examples and prompting you to think of your own clarifying questions, she explains all the (often daunting) key terms found at the end of a contract from indemnification to force majeure. Knowing the definition and rationale for each term makes reading and writing contracts infinitely more approachable.

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YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Laura Levin-Dando
Staff Attorney at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of NY
Laura Levin-Dando, Staff Attorney at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of NY, advises clients on a range of issues, including disputes, contracts, and intellectual property matters. Laura also teaches and facilitates VLA’s educational programs. Laura received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School and graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva University, where she studied history and music. A lifelong musical theatre nerd, Laura feels very fortunate to be able to help artists from all disciplines through her work at VLA.