Using Graphics, Videos, and Links in Contracts: Best Practices

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, August 28, 2020

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This CLE webinar will address the growing legal issues as businesses incorporate graphics, videos, other visuals, and/or hyperlinks in place of or in addition to written text in their contracts. The panel will provide examples of when a visual representation may more successfully convey the legal intent and when to avoid graphics to have a legally enforceable agreement.

Description

Many commercial contracts are long and complex, and corporate executives pressed for time often find visuals helpful. People more easily understand visuals, and contracts are more likely to be enforced when they are easily understood. Including hyperlinks in a contract can significantly shorten the length of the contract, but it is important to be clear about whether the linked documents are part of the contract.

Unfortunately, lawyers often fail to utilize visuals or hyperlinks in their contracts. Instead, legal documents are often just dense blocks of text, technical language, defined terms, all based on precedents and intricate drafting principles. Why don't attorneys use these communication tools in their agreements?

Visuals, graphics, videos, hyperlinks, and other forms of communication using present technology can increase clarity and facilitate thinking, and are an effective platform for collaboration and communication. However, lawyers must be sure to avoid approaches that seek to force the use of a visual component when it could be limiting. It's vital to be clear what will govern if there is a conflict between the text in a contract and a visual or a document referred to via a hyperlink. Failure to recognize and address these issues can lead to costly disputes.

Listen as our expert panel explores the advantages and disadvantages of using visual, graphic, video elements, and hyperlinks into traditional legal documents and the most effective means--both in costs and time--of developing these additional skills.

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Outline

  1. Types of visuals, graphics, or videos used in current legal documents, including emphasis, explainers, layering, and summarizing
  2. How visuals can clarify contracts
  3. Issues with hyperlink
  4. What are the barriers to using graphics in legal agreements?
  5. Best practices for utilizing visual and graphics in contract

Benefits

The panel will review these and other issues:

  • What types of visual or graphics are most incorporated into legal contracts now?
  • How can expanded use of graphics make contracts more concise and explicit?
  • Use of hyperlinks
  • What issues can arise for a client when incorporating a visual into a contract?
  • How are courts determining prevailing factors when ambiguities exist between the written language and the visual?
  • Why use visuals and graphics in contracts?

Faculty

Cohen, Mark
Mark Cohen, J.D., LL.M.

Attorney

Mr. Cohen has 36 years of experience as a lawyer. His practice focuses on drafting and reviewing legal documents,...  |  Read More

McCulloch, Megan
Megan McCulloch

Principal
McCulloch Law

Ms. McCulloch is a corporate attorney in a private practice in Denver, Colorado. Prior to forming her current firm, she...  |  Read More

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