Contract Review

Everything you need to know about Goodlawyer's Contract Review legal service.

  1. What is a Contract Review?
  2. Pricing and Scope
  3. What is the Process?
  4. Why get a Contract Review?
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Book your Contract Review


What's a Contract Review?

A Goodlawyer Contract Review is a legal service designed to provide quick, reliable advice on your contracts and answer any questions related to them. Booking a Contract Review starts with scheduling a time for an Initial Consultation to gather information and provide a quote for your needs. Read more below!


What is the process?

  1. Start with an Initial Consultation. Pick a lawyer and book a time to discuss your contract and the needs of your business.
  2. Book your Contract Review. After your initial consultation, your lawyer will follow-up with a quote for your Contract Review. Book the quote, upload your contract, and schedule a call for your lawyer will explain their comments on your contract.

  3. Receive your markup. Your lawyer will review and leave comments on your contract in advance of your explainer call.
  4. Talk to your lawyer. Your lawyer will call you at the scheduled time to discuss your contract, explain their comments, and answer your questions.

Book your Initial Consultation to get started!


Pricing and Scope

Goodlawyer has scoped and priced this service to cover the majority of basic business agreements and contracts. However, due to the variability in complexity, length, and dependencies on other contracts or agreements, lawyers may recommend a custom service in order to adequately review your contract.

Contract Review

Starting at $299 + Tax

  • Where efforts exceed the scope outlined below, your service will require a custom quote. Some clear indications that you will require a custom quote are outlined in the next section.

Suitable for:

  • Simple contracts and agreements
    • Up to 10 pages (standalone signature and cover pages are not counted)
    • Minimal or no dependencies on other contracts
    • Minimal risk to the business


  • Up to 1 hour of lawyer time to review, comment, and explain your contract
  • A copy of your contract with lawyer comments
  • A call with your lawyer to have them explain their comments, advise you, and answer questions

Not Included:

  • Any revisions, re-drafting, or changes to your contract
  • Lawyer assisted negotiations for your contract
  • Any work after the Contract Review service is complete
  • In order to give reliable legal advice, a lawyer needs to review your document in full — no partial document reviews
  • Completing legal research or providing a formal written legal opinion

Where efforts exceed the above scope, your Contract Review moves to the custom tier outlined below.

Custom Contract Review

Where your lawyer considers your Contract Review service beyond the scope outlined above, they will provide you with a custom quote for your Contract Review.

Suitable for:

  • Complex contracts and agreements
    • More than 10 pages
    • References and dependencies on other contracts 
    • High impact to the business 
  • Contracts that will require more than 1 hour of lawyer time to adequately review, comment, and explain

Here is a list of popular contracts and documents that typically require a custom quote for a Contract Review:

  • Any M&A documents, including Letter of Intent
  • Term Sheet
  • Shareholders Agreement
  • Stock Option Plan / Agreement
  • Share Purchase or Subscription Agreement
  • Loan or financing documents
  • Agreement given to you by a large or enterprise level customer
  • Commercial Lease
  • Franchise Agreement
  • Statement of Work tied to a main agreement (the main agreement will need to be reviewed at the same time)
  • Agreement for outsourcing a business function
  • Any contract for exclusive licensing, sales, distribution, reseller, supply, manufacturing, or other channel arrangement
  • Cloud Hosting Agreement
  • Product Development Agreement
  • Source Code Escrow Agreement
  • Data Sharing Agreement
  • Employment Handbook/Policies
  • Executive or Founder Employment Agreement
  • Termination / Severance Packages, especially those that include stock option plans, share redemption / sales, etc.

The above list of contracts that require a custom quote is not exhaustive. If your lawyer recommends a custom service, they will always explain and require your approval before proceeding. 


Why get a Contract Review?

Because your contracts matter, a lot.

Strong contracts can resolve conflicts and prevent lawsuits, but they have to be done right. Ideally before they’re signed.

Understand what you’re signing (or signed).

A lawyer can explain your contract to you in plain english and point out areas that might leave you exposed. Get a leg-up in negotiations and ensure your interests are protected.

Avoid unnecessary risks.

The internet is full of generic contracts and templates that might not fit your business. A lawyer can determine if what you’re using makes sense for you, or not.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Goodlawyer Service Fee work?

Because we believe in transparent pricing, we make our best effort to be upfront about additional fees and how they are calculated.

Visit the Goodlawyer Service Fees page for a detailed explanation.

Can I send part of a document?

No. Goodlawyer can only guarantee the quality of your Contract Review if you submit the entire file for review. It is extremely difficult, sometimes impossible, to review part of a contract without the rest of the document for context. 

Will I be charged for the title page?

No. We do not charge for title pages, signature pages, or any other non-substantial pages. Your lawyer will always double check that the number of pages is correct, either adding or removing pages from the bill as needed.

What if 1 hour isn’t enough time?

If it looks like your service is going to require more than 1 hour of your lawyer's time, your lawyer will let you know in advance and provide a custom quote for your Contract Review. 

What if I end up needing more than advice?

Most Goodlawyer customers get the answers they need in a Contract Review, but some situations require more than advice. If you need something bigger, like revisions or drafting a new agreement, your lawyer will give you an upfront fixed-price quote for the work. If you decide to proceed with the work, you won’t pay anything until after the work is done.

Do I need a lawyer in my province?

For most business law questions the answer is “no”. For employment and commercial tenancy related issues, it’s best to speak to a lawyer who has experience in your province. Goodlawyer has lawyers all over Canada with diverse experiences and specializations. If your lawyer doesn’t think they can answer your question due to a provincial issue, Goodlawyer will find another Good Lawyer who can help you.


"Easy access to professional advice. Never would have been able to afford and get an actual lawyer without a service like this. Put my mind at ease without ever needing to leave my couch!"

Braden, January 2021 — 5-Star Google Review


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