What do you do when you encounter a contract that feels like it was written in the 1800s and has weird clauses?
An old startup client who wishes to switch to a long term bi-monthly payment model is now demanding that I sign a contract that has a bunch of fishy terminology. They claim that it is the consultant contract from their big law firm. I asked them to please use a standard contract and provided one for them, but they are sticking to their strange contract on the basis that it is from their big law firm.
I have encountered big law firms having junior associates and interns handle their (underperforming) startup clients, so I wonder if this is also due to the incompetency of the attny they have access to.
I'm considering dropping them, but they have been persistent. On the one hand, they could be clueless. On the other hand, this could be malicious. Neither seem like good cases.