Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a collection of some of the questions we often receive when people are investigating whether ClauseBase would be a good tool for their organisation. You can use the table of contents to the left-hand side of your screen to quickly navigate to a question you are interested in.

What is the difference between ClauseBase and other contract drafting software?

Traditional contract drafting software starts from a fully constructed template, usually created in Microsoft Word, to which coding is added to designate placeholders and to indicate certain paragraphs or clauses that disappear when a conditions is triggered. To generate a contract from this template, users are required to fill out a questionnaire.

This is useful for high-volume, low-alteration documents such as NDA's, basic employment agreements, privacy statements, etc, but breaks down for more complex documents that would require dozens, if not hundreds, of questions to fill out.

ClauseBase flips this process upside down and does not start from a fully coded template in MS Word but instead from the individual clauses that make up a contract. When you upload your clauses to the ClauseBase platform, you can insert the desired level of intelligence to create a library of intelligent clauses. When an intelligent clause is inserted into a contract, it will communicate with other clauses to ensure that consistency and coherence is maintained regarding terminology, grammar, language, styling, definitions, cross-referencing and even legal nuance. This way, you can easily create templates and contracts by simply stacking clauses on top of each other like building blocks.

When you've created a template in ClauseBase in this way, you can optionally also attach a questionnaire to the contract to allow for easy generation of high-volume, low-alteration documents.

In this way, ClauseBase offers you additional tools for contract creation while at the same time upgrading the tools that traditional contract drafting software already provides.

What do you mean by "intelligent" clauses?

When you upload clauses to the ClauseBase platform, you can indicate defined (traditionally capitalised) terminology, placeholders, conditional text, legal attributes, alternatives, custom styling, and much more. All these indications are optional, but they ensure that clauses become easily deployable and reusable throughout different contracts.

When you want to find and insert a clause, this intelligence allows them to communicate with the other clauses in a contract so as to ensure that little to no clean-up work is required in terms of harmonising terminology, grammar, styling, language, definitions, cross-referencing, legal nuance, etc.

Does my intellectual property remain my own?

Absolutely. That goes without saying.

Any clause you upload to the ClauseBase platform remains the intellectual property of the original owner, be that yourself, the organisation you work for, etc.

Is ClauseBase suitable for smaller organisations too?

While larger organisations which can designate dedicated ClauseBase champions will benefit more from an expansive clause library, there are plenty of things we can do for smaller organisations as well.

As long as there is a specific agreement you draft frequently enough (e.g.: more than 10 times per year), ClauseBase can offer significant value to you.

Can I use a white-labelled version of ClauseBase for my organisation?

Yes, you can offer a fully branded platform to your clients with ClauseBase.

Do you sell clauses or templates along with the software?

We at ClauseBase only provide the software and an empty clause library at the outset. The clauses that will eventually make up your clause library are your own.

We are currently looking to cooperate with customers and publishers to create clause packages to which customers can optionally subscribe to. The content itself, however, will not be our own. Feel free to contact us for more information on this front at info@clausebase.com.

For which languages do you offer grammatical support?

ClauseBase currently offers support for Dutch, English and French.

We have a number of language implementations on our roadmap but if a language you need is not yet implemented, we are open to bumping it up on our priority list.

Alternatively, you can also opt for medium language support as opposed to ClauseBase's traditional deep language support. This allows for some less impressive, but still very useful translations such as the optional conversion of numbers to words such as "... will pay an amount of 1285 EUR (twelve hundred eighty-five EUR) ..." in your preferred language, as well as automated special expressions for durations (e.g.: "days", "weeks", "quarters").

What will happen to my clauses if I decide to stop my ClauseBase subscription?

Naturally, we would hate to see you go but we do not want to make you feel like the effort you put into creating an intelligent clause library in ClauseBase has gone to waste. Therefore, when you end your subscription, you have the option to export all of the clauses and documents in your library to Microsoft Word so that no knowledge disappears.


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