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Two Pitfalls with Commenting on Contracts

In contract negotiations, it’s typical for one or both parties to make comments to suggest changes. However, as anyone who has ever gone through the contract negotiation process knows, commenting on contracts can be an elusive experience.

Two Pitfalls with Commenting on Contracts
Written by
Insights Team

Common Challenges with Contract Commenting

From our experiences, these are the two most common challenges firms face when making, tracking, and resolving comments during the contract negotiation process.

Challenge 1: Tracking internal and external conversations

We’ve noted before that holding internal discussions on a contract document can be problematic. You don’t want external parties to see them, plus they can be difficult to track and manage.

For both internal and external comments, tracking section and in-line comments can quickly become a nightmare, especially when several people are allowed to comment. Using track changes still requires the commenting party to use the correct terminology. Plus, it’s pretty easy for the other party to ignore your comments by clicking “reject changes.”

Challenge 2: Comment anchors

Putting comments in margins can help the other party identify the part of the contract that needs attention.

However, anchored comments in the contract’s margin make it increasingly difficult to track, organize, and negotiate across multiple turns.

DocJuris has Solutions to Contract Commenting Pitfalls

We think that it’s well past time for someone to come up with a solution to these challenges with commenting on contracts. That’s why DocJuris includes features designed to improve the contract commenting process for everyone.

Solution 1: Separate internal and external comments

With DocJuris, you don’t need to worry about accidentally leaking internal comments to the other party. Our software includes space for separate internal and external comments. This avoids accidental leaks and ensures that your internal conversations are kept private and secure.

This feature also makes it easier for you to identify which comments your team makes and which ones are coming from the other party. This critical distinction can help your legal team quickly assess the comments and decide how to address them.

Solution 2: Dedicated comment scroll

In DocJuris, you can use a dedicated comment scroll to see all comments. This feature makes it easier to reference other parts of a contract and apply a comment as either a section-level or in-line comment.

You can navigate to comments using the browser pane or use the comment icon to the right of a section. By hovering over the “comments” option in the browser pane, a user can click “view all” to scroll internal or external comments in a separate, dedicated window.

Check Out These Other DocJuris Improvements

These features are designed to simplify the contract negotiation process for all parties by making it easier to create and navigate comments.

Other features we have improved include an enhanced Okta configuration process, new turn events in analytics exports, a new support website, and the elimination of the “compare against” requirement.

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