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Old 08-26-2015, 01:41 PM   #1
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Default How long does it take for an ent lawyer to write up an option agreement?

It's been a few weeks waiting, is that normal?
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:51 PM   #2
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It's been a few weeks waiting, is that normal?
Yes. Your lawyer or their lawyer? Longer if it's their lawyer = free time for them.
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Old 08-26-2015, 02:00 PM   #3
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Default Re: How long does it take for an ent lawyer to write up an option agreement?

Their lawyer, I worked it out that they 'engaged' them about a month ago.
I thought it might take a week.
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Old 08-26-2015, 02:37 PM   #4
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When you get it, your lawyer may want changes. You'll probably have a couple more weeks after you send it back before you get a signed contract.
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Old 08-26-2015, 02:57 PM   #5
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Depends on the initial writing up, but the back and forth revisions between two lawyers can take months.
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:14 PM   #6
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I was once told to expect it in one week but didn't get it until eight months later
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Old 08-26-2015, 10:22 PM   #7
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By the time all the back and forth is done (multiple times) a few weeks is nothing. These are complicated agreements entailing rights for film, characters, future projects, TV, etc. Every aspect has to be worked out to the the satisfaction of all parties. Often the author is in no rush to get his side done and the attorneys aren't either.

It took me over six months to get it all finalized, but when it was done everything was spelled out -- including dozens of things I never thought about.
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Old 08-27-2015, 04:10 AM   #8
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Default Re: How long does it take for an ent lawyer to write up an option agreement?

What's the best way to find a lawyer?

I wasn't sure I was going to need them we were going to do things by writers guild agreements
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:13 AM   #9
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I had an agreement-in-principle with a producer on July 21st.

A little over a week ago I pinged my lawyer. He said things were being very slow because of it being August, with lots of people being out of town, but he "realistically" thought we could have an executed deal in 4 weeks, which would put us in the middle of September and not quite two months from the agreement-in-principle.

This is, I think, not unusual.
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Old 08-27-2015, 07:03 PM   #10
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What's the best way to find a lawyer?

I wasn't sure I was going to need them we were going to do things by writers guild agreements
Message me if you want a referral.
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