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Editing and Negotiating Your Own NDAs

In the complex world of legal documents, Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) stand as crucial tools for protecting sensitive information and safeguarding business interests. However, many individuals and businesses often underestimate the importance of hiring a lawyer to draft and negotiate their NDAs. In this blog post, we’ll delve into why taking the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) approach can lead to potential pitfalls and explore the consequences of not having a professionally crafted NDA.

Why Hire a Lawyer to Draft Your NDA?

  1. Legal Expertise: Lawyers are trained to understand the nuances of contract law, including the ever-evolving landscape of NDAs. They can ensure that your NDA is legally sound and complies with current regulations.
  2. Tailored to Your Needs: One size does not fit all when it comes to NDAs. An experienced attorney can customize your agreement to suit the specific circumstances of your business, taking into account your industry, the type of information being protected, and any unique considerations.
  3. Future-Proofing: A well-drafted NDA should anticipate potential future issues, such as disputes or changes in business relationships. Lawyers have the expertise to draft agreements that consider these possibilities and minimize risk.
  4. Enforceability: In the unfortunate event that someone breaches your NDA, a lawyer-drafted agreement is more likely to be enforceable in court. This can make a significant difference when seeking legal remedies.

Consequences of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) NDAs

  1. Ambiguity: When individuals or businesses create their own NDAs, they often use generic templates found online. These templates may lack specificity and leave room for interpretation, leading to disputes over what is considered confidential information.
  2. Unenforceable Terms: DIY NDAs may contain terms that are legally unenforceable or overly restrictive. This can render the entire agreement ineffective, leaving your sensitive information vulnerable.
  3. Failure to Protect Key Interests: Without a lawyer’s guidance, you may overlook critical provisions in your NDA, such as defining what constitutes confidential information, the duration of the confidentiality obligation, and the consequences of a breach.
  4. Costly Legal Battles: If a dispute arises, attempting to enforce a poorly drafted NDA can result in protracted and expensive legal battles, which may ultimately cost more than hiring a lawyer initially.

Our Expertise, Your Protection

In a legal landscape as complex as NDAs, it’s essential to entrust your business’s security to a skilled attorney. We understand the intricacies of NDAs like no one else as we have seen the transaction from both sides – the transactional side of drafting the clause, as well as from the litigation side.  We have seen how these agreements turn out in court and how they can be attacked. We don’t just create legal documents; we craft safeguards for your business secrets.


In conclusion, NDAs are invaluable tools for safeguarding sensitive information and business interests. However, the process of drafting and negotiating them requires the expertise of a skilled attorney. The consequences of attempting to go it alone can be costly and ultimately defeat the very purpose of the agreement. To protect your business effectively, consult with a legal professional who can create a robust NDA tailored to your specific needs, ensuring your confidential information remains secure. Contact us today, and let us create a robust, tailored NDA that shields your secrets and secures your future.


PLEASE NOTE: This is not a representation, warranty, or guarantee of a future result or outcome. Every case is different just like every one of our clients.