Contents of the README.TXT file
Version 7.5 December, 1991
Evaluation- BBS version
Home and Business Legal Guide and Forms generator
Copyright 1990 Byron and Kraft
Portions Copyright 1991 Bryon, Clary & Kraft
Thanks for taking a look at our program. We feel that this
program is the premier legal forms generator available whether
commercial or shareware-- over 160 different forms can be
generated (a complete list appears below.) Of course, we are
much more than a document generator. We also have tutorials
and full text, with annotations of statutes and regulations.
THE HOME AND BUSINESS LEGAL GUIDE AND FORMS GENERATOR
was recognized as the second most popular shareware program
in the country by Shareware Magazine, March/April 1991. (See
also PC Sources Magazine, page 54, April, 1991). Thanks
for the vote of confidence! We will continue to work on
improving this program and its data.
And more top ten honors have appeared in Computer Reseller
News, and other issues of PC Sources and Shareware Magazine
Since we wrote this in June, 1991, the top 10 honors have
continued. We were just notified that 3 of the top 5 shareware
distributors (in terms of number of sales) in the country have us
in their top 10 lists for the year.
SUPPORT BEFORE YOU REGISTER: If you have questions or comments
about the Home and Business Legal Guide, that aren't covered in
our manual (it's in this archive-- Guide7.man) please call
1-904-877-7139. Or you can call our BBS (2400/1200/300 MNP 5 and
What does the program do?
You really receive 4 programs in one. The first, is a educational
program to read, review and learn your legal rights by reviewing,
on screen, the FULL annotated text of laws and governmental
regulations. The annotations, prepared by an attorney, carefully
point the out the parts of the statute that are very important
for your legal rights.
LEGAL FORMS: The program features an artificial intelligence
document generation program that prepares the following legal
forms. In many instances each form has several different
variations that you program by answering on screen questions. At
this time the program can generate over 190 different forms.
This program also features tutorials, which are instructional
texts that explain the nuts and bolts of various legal problems
in an easy to understand way. In addition, the tutorials feature
an on-line dictionary and the ability to examine both full text
of the laws and the explanation on screen.
NEW: A built in word processor. We have added a word processor
so that you can change documents that you have created, or
Features of all programs: An on line notepad, and on line help.
We also have a DOS shell which allows you to perform system
functions or run other program without exiting this Legal guide.
THIS PROGRAM IS NOT CRIPPLED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The disk and files which you have RUN identically to the
registered version of the Home and Business Legal Guide, (however
the registration encouragement screen and information is disabled
in the registered version) but do not have all of the legal data
and forms of the registered version. Where are all the forms?
That's a good question. The entire program takes approximately 3
megabytes, and archived requires about 900 KB. That's a lot of
data. Many bulletin board services limit access to 45 minutes
daily. At 2400 baud you couldn't download the program in the
allotted time. Therefore, we couldn't get the word out about our
program. To have an evaluation copy of reasonable size, we have
left out some of the data. Shareware is a great way to distribute
software, and the "try before you buy" idea is tremendous. Member
boards of the Shareware Distribution Network should have all of
the data as well as our own board and many selected systems
around the USA.
Suggestions for disk vendors:
Public Brand Software 1-800-426-DISK
Shareware to Go 1-800-277-DISK
Another way to see the whole thing is to visit your local
To summarize, although you do not have all of the data you do
have ALL of the features of the program. THE REGISTERED VERSION
OF THE PROGRAM DISABLES THE OPENING SCREEN AND REGISTRATION
The program requires an IBM compatible PC, XT, AT, 386 or 486
system with at least 448 K free memory with a harddrive (fixed
disk) running dos 3.3 or higher. NO GRAPHICS CAPABILITY IS
REQUIRED, but a graphics adapter is recommended. A modem and a
printer are recommended.
For directions on use of the program please see the quickstart
manual then please review the full manual. To print the manuals,
be sure that your printer is on line, has ribbons and paper and
enter from a DOS prompt "pguide."
Why should you take our legal advice?
The attorney who wrote the legal information and forms is Herb
Kraft. Herb is the host of the Radio Law Firm, a nationally
syndicated legal program.
WARNING: DO NOT RELY ON OUTDATED INFORMATION. LAWS CHANGE
CONSTANTLY. THEREFORE, WE PROVIDE MONTHLY UPDATES WARNING OF ALL
CHANGES TO THE LAW TO OUR REGISTERED USERS-- CHANGES CAN EFFECT
THE STATUTES, TUTORIALS OR FORMS. THIS FREELY DISTRIBUTED VERSION
OF THE PROGRAM CONTAINED DATA CORRECT FOR DECEMBER, 1991. THE
DATA MAY BE OUTDATED AT ANY TIME.
You may review this program for as long as you wish. For
those needing guidelines, if you are using the program for more
than 30 days it is time to think about registering. We don't put
artificial limits on your review. Shareware is marketing via
TRUST! If you desire to become a registered user, the fee is $
59. You may also register by fax or by mail:
R FRINGE SOFTWARE
P.O. Box 37155
Tallahassee, Florida 32315
The forms generator includes a form for registration.
Registered users receive:
1. The most current version full program with full manual at
time of shipping. (Registered version does not have registration
2. Any updates to the executable program for one year (subsequent
years are $ 20); all monthly updates to the data for one year
3. Access to our PRIVATE bbs for updates
4. Support: During the first 30 days of ownership, we provide up
to 2 hours of telephone support via mail and unlimited
BBS support through our private bbs; after 30 days you may
receive unlimited bbs and mail support, and a total of one
additional hour of telephone support via Compuserve and
EXEC-PC on line services.
(The following is courtesy of Paul Mayer, although we have added
some comments; we don't claim copyright to Mr. Mayer's writings)
Shareware distribution gives users a chance to try software
before buying it. If you try a Shareware program and continue
using it, you are expected to register. (Our policy is listed
above) Individual programs differ on details-- some request
registration while others require it, some specify a maximum
trial period. With registration, you get anything from the simple
right to continue using the software to an updated program with
Copyright laws apply to both Shareware and commercial software,
and the copyright holder retains all rights, with a few specific
exceptions as stated below. Shareware authors are accomplished
programmers, just like commercial authors, and the programs are
of comparable quality. (In both cases, there are good programs
and bad ones!) The main difference is in the method of
distribution. The author specifically grants the right to copy
and distribute the software. either to all and sundry or to a
specific group. For example, some authors require written
permission before a commercial disk vendor may copy their
Shareware. (Our policy allows persons or user groups to freely
distribute the shareware version of the program. Commercial disk
vendors must contact us first.)
Shareware is a distribution method, not a type of software. You
should find software that suits your needs and pocketbook,
whether it's commercial or Shareware. The Shareware systems makes
fitting your needs easier, because you can try before you buy.
And because the overhead is low, prices are low also. Shareware
has the ultimate money-back guarantee-- if you don't use the
product, you don't pay for it.
Please see our warranty disclaimer in the full manual. The Home
and Business Legal Guide and Forms Generator is a "shareware
program" and is provided at no charge to the user for
evaluation. Feel free to share it with your friends, but you may
not give it away altered as or as a part of another system. The
essence of "user-supported" software is to provide personal
computer users with quality software without high prices, and yet
to provide incentives for programmers to continue to develop new
products. If you find this program useful and find that you are
using this program and continue to use it after a reasonable
trial period, you must make a registration fee payment of $ 59 to
R FRINGE COMPUTER SOFTWARE. The $ 59 registration fee will
license one copy for use on any one computer at one time.
Anyone distributing this program for any kind of fee must first
contact R FRINGE at the address above for authorization.
You are encourage to pass a copy of this program or to upload it
to your favorite BBS for evaluation. Please encourage them to
register their copy if they find that they can use it. All
registered users will receive the benefits stated above.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS DISK OR TO UPLOAD THESE
FILES TO BBS SYSTEMS. IN EITHER CASE YOU MUST SHARE ALL OF