Shake to sign, easy peasy
Shake is an app for your smartphone that makes dealing with legal documents quick, easy, and completely legally binding. It’s perfect for small businesses, start-ups, freelancers, or even just closing a deal on Craigslist. It allows you draw up whatever contract you may need, sign with your fingertip, and shake on it- officially.
They have their Shake app, available on iOS and Android with document templates and a user friendly interface. You can even get in on the early stages of Shake for Business by signing up for their pilot where you will to be able to add your own branding, customization of forms, and send or sign agreements from anywhere.
You will have your own account and Shake will work for you, keeping your information organized for whenever you may need it.
The founders of Shake are the real deal.
Founders include Jon Steinberg of BuzzFeed, Stuart Ellman from RRE Ventures, and Jared Grusd, from Spotify. They wanted to make signing documents less daunting and more cost effective.
“Shake is a technology platform making the law accessible, understandable and affordable for consumers and small businesses. We strive to combine the simplicity and convenience of a handshake with the protection of a legal agreement.”
How easy is THIS?
The app is intuitive with step by step instructions. To use it, you first pick which contract you need, whether it be a Buy/Sell Agreement for a purchase on Craigslist, or a Rent/Lend Agreement for a personal property rental.
You will then edit the contract to fit the details of your transaction, both of you sign, and you email the agreement to the other party. The contract is saved under your account in case you need to reference it later. It’s that simple.
Contracts available through Shake
The types of contracts available are Non-Disclosure Agreements, Freelance/Work-for-Hire Agreements, Bill-of-Sale Agreements, Loan Agreements, and Rent/Lend Agreements. Their website gives a blow by blow explanation of each agreement, their purpose, and other resources to help you learn more about what you’re signing and why.
There are other companies out there like this, sure. But this one is just too good to pass up, and it’s free. The app and website gives small business owners a legally binding agreement which could be a deterrent for people who might be dodgy.
Depending on the complexity of the situation, you might still need a lawyer. But for quick and simple contracts, this is a cost effective solution.