If I print a non-disclosure agreement from the internet, is it official? Will it be honored? 12 Answers as of January 21, 2014

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
So, you have a legit business, but refuse to pay for legal representation, is that correct?
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 1/21/2014
Sebby Law Office
Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
There is no "official" nondisclosure agreement. It will work if it adequately informs the signer what he or she is obligated to do or not to do.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 1/17/2014
Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
The non disclosure document is only as good as its wording. Without seeing it I cant tell you if it is effective for your purpose. But just because it is on the internet does not make it good or bad. Different states may have specific requirements for the content of non disclosure - I can only speak to what Oregon needs.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 1/16/2014
Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
It depend upon the language of the agreement and what is trying to be protected. A form off the Internet is not wise.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 1/16/2014
Eminent IP, P.C.
Eminent IP, P.C. | Paul C. Oestreich
A non-disclosure agreement is a contract like any other contract. It is valid to the extent that both parties understand and agree to the stipulations in the agreement and that other standard requirements of a contract are met, *e.g.*, full disclosure, meeting of the minds, arms length negotiation, consideration, etc. If you have specific needs for your nondisclosure agreement, you would be well advised to seek the counsel of an attorney who can best tailor the agreement for your needs.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Replied: 1/16/2014
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Without seeing it, I can't say.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 1/16/2014
    Law Office of James E. Smith
    Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
    Yes, if signed.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 1/16/2014
    Barton Barton & Plotkin
    Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
    You cannot rely on forms that you find on the internet. Non-disclosure agreements are complex, sophisticated legal documents that must be crafted specially for each situation. You cannot handle this on your own-they are too important for the future success of you and your business. You need to retain legal counsel to prepare a proper non-disclosure agreement. Otherwise, it may not be enforceable, of if it is enforceable, it may not be adequate to protect your interests.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 1/16/2014
    Law Office of Kirk Buhler
    Law Office of Kirk Buhler | Kirk A Buhler
    A non-disclosure agreement is simply an agreement between two parties to not disclose information. If you print one from the Internet, create the document from scratch or from an attorney it generally has the same strength. Is it Official? It is a document. Will it be honored? Only if both parties honor the document. A non-disclosure document usually does not have any legal recourse. You must file a patent application to have official patent pending status.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/16/2014
    Microtechnology Law & Analysis | Daniel Flamm
    If having an enforceable nondisclosure agreement is important for your business, you should retain an attorney to draft and/or customize one for you. Printing and using a web form without the benefit of advice from an attorney is risky at best.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/16/2014
    Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. | Ernie Linek
    Such a document could be sufficient to give you rights you need. However - some samples leave things out - so beware. As to if it will honored - that depends on the honesty of the parties to the agreement. Any agreement can be violated by a party that does not wish to be bound to the terms. The other party then has the right to sue for enforcement of the agreement.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 1/16/2014
    Webb IP Law Group
    Webb IP Law Group | Jason P Webb
    That depends on what it says and how it is signed and who signs it and within which context it was signed.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 1/16/2014
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