I believe that trust and transparency is important in any attorney-client relationship. For many clients, one of the biggest fears when working with a lawyer is getting a huge, unexpected bill once the lawyer has finished their services.
On this page, I hope to avoid these trust issues and uncertainty about billing, by providing a list of the flat fee pricing for my most common legal services. You can browse the list and see exactly how much you’ll pay for each of them, so there’s no guesswork, no out of control hourly billing, and no hidden fees!
If you have any questions about any of these services, or an estimate for something that’s not included on the list, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] or click the button below to set up a free consultation.
Note: None of the services below include any government filing fees, which can vary depending on your state and the number of filings we are doing.
Before starting on the service, I’ll let you know what the filing fees will be so you’re aware of the total expected cost.
These packages include everything a new indie game studio needs to get set up and release their game! For more info on the contents of each package, check out the Jumpstart Bundle description page here.
When you’re bootstrapping your game development (whether doing it part time or using your savings and credit cards), I know that money can be tight. I’ve split this introductory package up into 2 payments set 3 months apart, to make it more affordable for the self-funded indie studio. This one is for solo devs.
This is the version of the bootstrapped Jumpstart Package for multiple developers. Due to more complicated paperwork, the price is increased a bit.
Your indie game got noticed, and now you’ve got a publisher! Along with that, now you’ve got the money and the responsibility to get a proper legal setup. Includes attorney billable hours to review and negotiate your publishing deal.
You’ve managed to score one or two hit games, and now you want to get all of the legal and business stuff cleaned up. This package will have all you need to get it taken care of.
If you’re looking to start a new game company or any other kind of business, you should look into forming a business entity like an LLC or corporation. These will help protect you from personal liability and get everything on paper between you and your business partners.
If a corporation is the type of business entity you need, we'll get it taken care of. This service includes filing the corporation and creating the initial resolutions and contracts for all of your directors and shareholders.
If you're looking to limit personal liability for your business and you're a sole proprietor, we can form a single-member LLC in your state of choice, including the initial documents you need, like your Operating Agreement and an IP assignment.
If you have a team of founders, we can form an LLC to protect your individual liability and get internal company agreements in place. This service includes internal documents, like your Operating Agreement, IP assignments, and other necessary contracts.
Every company is required to have a registered agent to receive court documents and other official mail on their behalf. If you don't want to serve as your own registered agent and have your address public, I can provide you with registered agent service for a small monthly or annual fee.
Every company has ongoing state filings that need to be made. For a flat annual fee, I'll take care of these ongoing filings (not including any government filing fees) and allow you to stay compliant.
Figuring out the specific state and local licensing requirements can be difficult and confusing. For an additional fee, you can add this service on to your LLC or corporation formation for extra peace of mind.
Any time you’re working with someone else, whether on a video game, board game, or other kind of business, you need to get it in writing. I draft any type of contract you’ll need for game development.
Don’t see what you need on the list? Just email me for a quote!
An independent contractor agreement for your game development project. I'll draft you a template with multiple versions set up for different payment structures for the contractor, as requested (hourly rate, flat fee, royalty share, etc.)
This service includes counseling you on deal terms (whether you're the publisher or the developer) and drafting a Video Game Publishing Agreement based on your needs. Note: This is for drafting a new agreement - reviewing existing agreements are done hourly, so send me an email for more details.
When you release any game, you should have these two documents to protect you from liability and stay in compliance with privacy laws. This bundle includes both documents, customized to your specific needs.
Whether you're the service provider or you're hiring someone to create a project for you, this Master Services Agreement will contain all of the important terms you need to protect yourself from liability and get the deal terms in writing.
If you need intellectual property assigned to you, this agreement will transfer those rights and protect you from further issues.
If you need to license another party's intellectual property, whether you're making a game based on someone's story or creating merchandise using someone else's artwork, this agreement will define those terms and protect you from liability.
Whether you’re protecting your brand name, your game’s artwork, or going after infringement, I can help.
The flat fees below don’t include filing fees, which can vary depending on what we’re filing.
My flat fee trademark registration service includes advice on choosing a great brand name, a comprehensive clearance search to minimize the risk of rejection, and filing the trademark with the USPTO. Additional registrations can be added on at a discount.
Protect your game's art, music, writing, and software code with a US copyright registration. My flat fee service includes advice on protecting your copyright and filing the application with the US Copyright Office.
Was your trademark rejected by the USPTO? I'll review your application and draft an argument to the examiner to try and get the office action refusal overturned. This service is billed hourly, and usually takes between 1-2 hours.
Is someone stealing your copyrighted material or cloning your game? I'll review. the situation and file a DMCA-compliant takedown notice to get it taken off the Internet or the App Stores. Additional ongoing communications with the other party will be billed separately, if needed.
Was your game or other project taken down by a DMCA notice? If you had a right to post that material, we can file a DMCA-compliant counter notice to get it put back up.
Someone stealing your intellectual property? I'll work with you to draft and send a Cease and Desist Letter to tell them to stop and threaten legal action if they don't. We can also demand a license fee if necessary. In many cases, instead of the flat fee I will take these cases on contingency, where you don't pay anything unless I recover some money for you from the infringer.
Need to get an agreement in place with another company using a similar name? You need a Co-existence Agreement, which makes both parties agree not to cross over into the other party's industry. Sometimes, these are necessary in order to get a trademark filed.
I’m available to help with many other game-related legal services, like reviewing contracts and overall business and intellectual property audits.
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