Most free legal forms you find on the web are about as good as you might expect for something that’s free – that is, not too good. That’s about to change. At DocStoc.com, users upload their own forms and agreements and share them with the rest of the world. Available documents include leases, independent contract agreements, employee applications, non-disclosure agreements, etc. Unlike with most free form websites, the forms aren’t written by just one or a handful of contributors, so the quality is potentially better. I reviewed some of the contracts and was pleasantly surprised by the quality.
DocStoc has just come out of private beta and is now in public beta. The site already boasts over 12,000 documents and counting. To encourage uploads, the site is offering an iPod Touch to the highest uploader of each week in the month of November.
This is an idea with legs. I’m already recommending the site to my clients.
And now my obligatory warning: always consult an attorney before relying on a form you download from DocStoc. Sorry, I can’t help myself. I *am* an attorney after all.