Wedding Words Glossary Part 7 – Legal Terms – Episode #120
Legal terms…so confusing and scary. Today we are going to share with you some legal terms so that you can understand what you are reading and be a bit more comfortable with the contracts your vendors are giving you.
Independent Contractor– a person or business which performs services for another person or entity under a contract between them, with the terms spelled out such as duties, pay, the amount and type of work and other matters. An independent contractor is distinguished from an employee, who works regularly for an employer.
Client-a person or group that uses the professional advice or services of a lawyer, accountant, advertising agency, architect, etc
Retainer-a fee paid in advance to someone in order to secure or keep their services when required.
Deposit-a sum payable as a first installment on the purchase of something or as a pledge for a contract, the balance being payable later. Usually, when it says deposit it will say non-refundable. Sometimes Deposit and Retainer are used interchangeably. Please read the fine print.
Disclaimer– a statement, document, or assertion that disclaims responsibility, affiliation, etc.; disavowal; denial.
Term– conditions with regard to payment, price, charge, rates, wages, etc. Or an appointed or set time or date, as for the payment of rent, interest, wages, etc.
Termination Clause– A section of a swap contract that describes what will happen if the contract is ended early or defaulted on. The termination clause can make the counterparty who is responsible for the default or termination event pay damages to the other counterparty.
Breach of contract- is a legal cause of action in which a binding agreement or bargained-for exchange is not honored by one or more of the parties to the contract by non-performance or interference with the other party's performance.
Resolution– the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.
Acts of God– is a natural disaster outside human control, such as an earthquake or tsunami, for which no person can be held responsible. An Act of God may amount to an exception to liability in contracts
Waiver– a document recording the waiving of a right or claim.
Quote/Estimate- to produce a statement of the approximate cost of
Invoice– a document that shows a list of goods or services and the prices to be paid for them
Receipt– a written statement saying that money or goods have been received
Copyright-the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work) owned by the person who creates the work
Print/photo Release– The photo release form, also sometimes referred to as photo consent form or photo copyright form, is a contract between the photographer and client (or model) that grants the client permission to print hard copies of the photos (i.e. portraits, headshots, or wedding photographs, etc.). gives someone permission to reproduce my images for their own personal use:
+ Post them on all forms of social media.
+ Print an unlimited amount of them in any form (photo, canvas, album, t-shirt, etc.).
+ Share them with your family so they can do the same!
+ Edit the images in any way. This includes cropping and, yes, Instagram filters!
+ Claim the work as your own.
+ Use them for commercial gain.
Limited print/photo release– outlines very specific ways it can be printed or used. Neither release provides editing rights. Leave the photos alone! It is not your work
Thanks to Kate from GSquared Weddings for help on clearing up these photos terms!
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