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Signing a contract? Don't forget to talk to your lawyer first

Consider for a moment what you might want out of a contract if you were a performer, director or artist. Your main focus might be on maintaining creative control over a project or even retaining intellectual property rights. You might have questions about royalty payments and if you have any right to leave a contract before its term has ended.

With a lawyer's help you can better understand all of your rights and make sure that these are clearly defined in a contract before you sign it. Otherwise, you might find yourself in a dispute later on only to find out you don't have the leverage you thought you had.

Now imagine for a moment that you are a business within the entertainment industry. The focus within a contract may be different for you than if you were an entertainer or artist. You may want more protections from the other party in the event that they fail to uphold their end of the deal. You likely want to include clauses that provide financial security and ensure profitability in the end.

It's good to always remember that if something isn't outlined in a contract, it could create problems in legal disputes later on, which is why having an attorney present during negotiations is a good idea because they can make sure your best interests are being covered in the contract.

Whether you're a business or an individual within the entertainment industry, talking to a lawyer is always considered a good idea. At the Law Offices of Barry K. Rothman, we understand that success in the entertainment industry oftentimes depends on a well-drafted contract. We also understand what is at stake if an individual doesn't have the right representation during a contract dispute. That's why we offer our services to you and anyone else who may need help with their legal issue within the entertainment industry.

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