When looking at (more like agonizing over) a legal document, do you

…read about a paragraph before your eyes glaze over and you pick up your phone and scroll through Instagram

…ask a question in a Facebook Group (or do a Google search) only to end up even more confused by the conflicting information and opinions

…feel worried that you don’t know what questions to ask in order to protect yourself and your work

…have a sinking feeling that it’s not in your best interest to sign the document but can’t properly communicate why

…feel frustrated when you’re handed a one-sided contract, but wonder if it’s the best deal you can get

…all of the above, perhaps?

Confusing legal jargon has a tendency to scare even the best of us.

When you start a creative business, no one ever teaches you how to understand that overwhelmingly complicated (and somewhat foreign) language we call “legalese.”  

They also conveniently forget to mention how to determine what legal tasks you should focus on and how to go about thoughtfully prioritizing them.

And even if you’ve talked with legal professionals before, do you feel like no one seems to “get” what you do as a creative business owner? 

You need a solution that breaks through traditional legal boxes that are stifling and downright confusing so you feel more empowered to follow an easier path to fully protecting your ass(ets).


What if you could…

Freely share your art and creative work with the world knowing it’s fully protected.

Confidently sign a contract knowing it’s in your best interest today and tomorrow.

Rest easy knowing you have access to an experienced legal expert who can guide you.

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Seize dream opportunities, without scrambling to get your legal ducks in a row.


We’ll help you make sense of the legalese by giving you unlimited access to a trusted legal translator and guide who can teach you what you don’t know (but need to know) and show you how to solve legal problems before they arise.

Together in the artist’s Courtyard membership community, we’ll discover the most effective and efficient steps you can take today towards building a satisfying life and business that is legally protected.

Wanna join us?

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Having a clear, well-laid out contract has actually gained business for me. The first time I used my revised contract was for a basic social media marketing contract. My client was so impressed she added three additional services (including re-doing her website). Two thumbs up for the artist’s Courtyard course that helped me create it!

Elizabeth Hahn, Cow and Rooster


When you join us inside the artist’s Courtyard, we will:

strengthen your business’ legal foundation so it can support your life and creative work

give you access to insider legal information that is tailored specifically to creative businesses and professional artists

simplify the complex legal jargon and your to-do list so you’ll focus on legal tasks that will make an impact

connect you with an intimate, welcoming community of like-minded creative business owners


As a community member, you’ll benefit by:

1: Taking Delibrate Action

Together, we’ll decide which legal projects will make the biggest impact in your creative business today.

2: Accessing Legal Resources

Using our exclusive legal library of resources, you’ll be guided step-by-step so you can confidently complete each important legal project.

3: Getting Practical Guidance

You’ll have access to your friendly and knowledgeable legal eagle (that’s me!) through our private mastermind calls, open Q&A sessions, live workshops, and weekly check-ins.

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4: Receiving Real Accountability

We’ll help you make steady progress towards your goals with our intimate online community of fellow creative business owners.

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Overwhelmed is an understatement about how I felt about the legal side of my business. But since joining the artist’s Courtyard, I’m feeling excited that it’s all manageable. The input of this friendly community and the guidance, confidence, and knowledge of Kiffanie keeps me coming back.

Holly Shively


What’s in the legal library?

Inside the legal library, you’ll find in-depth courses, helpful templates, and a legalese translator. Some of the courses you’ll have access to include:

Write a contract

Discover how to write a contract for your creative business. You’ll also get access to five contract templates you can use to quickly and easily create your contract!

Create + maintain your LLC

Create an LLC regardless of which state you live in. Plus get the tools and resources you need to keep your LLC foundation strong.

Register your copyrights

Finally, register your copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. So you’ll have the strongest protection possible when copycats strike.

Host a legal giveaway

Host a giveaway that helps you grow your audience and expand your creative business while staying legal.

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I was a little intimidated when I looked at the Register Your Copyright course in the artist’s Courtyard. But by the end, it was an awesome and empowering experience. Kiffanie’s lessons are really well-executed baby steps that made everything seem doable.  She even shares invaluable information like, “don’t fill in anything here or it will cost you.” I now have the knowledge and the confidence to complete this essential step to being a professional artist!

KC Lancaster


Hi, I’m Kiffanie Stahle, your friendly legal eagle

Every day I work with creative businesses like yours to add ease to the legalese. And believe me, I know how overwhelming and confusing it can be.

First off, there’s the almost foreign language that you must decipher.

Then you have to understand which tasks actually matter based on what your business does, what stage you are at, and where you are trying to go.

And finally, you need to weigh the risks. Do you have to act now? Or can you wait until your big break happens, you hit that goal, or an opportunity arises?

Since 2011, I’ve been helping creative business owners like you do these three things. And I know that together we can find a better, easier way to grow your creative business with legal protections in mind.

Join us in the artist’s Courtyard membership community and start discovering the most potent steps you can take today towards building a satisfying life and business.

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the artist’s Courtyard is a place where I’ve learned to have the freedom to fearlessly be myself and put my work out in the world knowing I can protect it. Kiffanie helps us not only solve problems but create solutions so problems don’t arise in the first place.

Kristen Girard


Ready to protect your creative business the easier, non-scary way?

Brain Trust


(per month)

24/7 access to our private online community

Access to Friday accountability check-ins

Access to monthly coworking sessions

Discounts on all the artist’s J.D. products



Brain Trust with a Guide


(per month)

24/7 access to our private online community

Access to Friday accountability check-ins

Access to monthly coworking sessions

Instant access to all 10 courses (and growing!)

Access to monthly Q&A sessions

Access to quarterly online workshops

Access to mastermind calls with Kiffanie

On-going guidance from Kiffanie



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    Frequently Asked Questions

    …The law is a Debbie Downer, why should I join a community solely focused on the law?

    We don’t talk law 24/7 in the artist’s Courtyard.

    the artist’s Courtyard is about much more than the law. It’s about learning about what’s best for your business, running experiments, and sharing what worked (and didn’t).

    Yes, we talk about the law more than your average Facebook Group or business coaching program.

    But that’s because when you ask a question, you aren’t getting an answer from Google, or from someone who knows someone who dealt with this issue, or from an armchair lawyer.

    You’re getting answers from either someone who has:

    been empowered by her own real-life experience dealing with this exact issue

    a degree and a license to practice law

    (And you can bet, if the first person tells you incorrect legal information, I’m going to kindly point you in the right direction. 😉)

    …I’m just starting out, why should I worry about this legal stuff? Or I haven’t had any legal problems yet, so can I wait to join until one crops up?

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you do need to worry/care about the law no matter what stage your business is at.

    It applies if you think your business is a hobby

    It applies if you aren’t making a profit

    It applies if you are running your business as a side hustle

    Yes, while you are small, your chances of being “caught” are lower. But that doesn’t mean that can’t happen. (And if you make it big, your chances will skyrocket.)

    I’m risk-averse. Because of that, I will step outside of my comfort zone to learn things that greatly reduce my risks. And learning/caring about this stuff will greatly reduce your risk. So the question becomes are you willing to step outside your comfort zone in order to achieve what you want?

    …What’s your refund policy?

    Hype and promises abound on the Internet. And if I were in your shoes, I’d be wary too.

    Which is why I’m going to put a little skin in the game.

    If within the first 30 days, you decide that the artist’s Courtyard isn’t the right place to help you build a strong foundation, I’ll refund your payment.

    No hoops to jump through, no worksheets to submit, no screenshots of how you participated. You just need to send me an email.

    …Can I cancel at any time? 

    Yep! No contracts or commitments here. You can cancel at any time with just a single click from your member profile page. If you email Kiffanie to cancel within the first 30 days, you’ll get a full refund. However, if you cancel after 30 days, you won’t receive a pro-rated refund.

    …Which level is right for me?

    The Brain Trust level is the perfect fit if you are looking to connect with like-minded creative business owners for ideas, experiences, encouragement, and accountability. But you don’t need the step-by-step legal resources to tackle legal projects (e.g. if you already have an attorney on your team!)

    The Brain Trust with a Guide level is the perfect fit if you are looking to not only connect with like-minded creative business owners but want access to step-by-step legal resources to tackle legal projects for your creative business.

    …What kind of businesses should join the artist’s Courtyard?

    We are looking for creative business owners who are ready to take action. You should have a DIY-mentality, be a self-starter, and be willing to raise your hand and help out your fellow members. And it might be right for you if you want to work with Kiffanie on a regular basis on a small budget.

    …What kind of businesses shouldn’t join the artist’s Courtyard?

    If you are looking for an attorney, this isn’t the right place. Kiffanie can’t provide legal advice about how to handle your specific problem and joining the artist’s Courtyard doesn’t make her your attorney.

    She’ll only be able to provide information about the law and give you options. You’ll have to decide what’s right for your business. And if you don’t have the time, energy, or desire to do the work and support the community, this isn’t the right place for you.

    And if you aren’t based in the United States, the legal resources won’t all apply to you, because the resources only cover U.S. law.

    Are you ready to protect your creative business the easier, non-scary way?

    Don’t let fear, overwhelm, or uncertainty stand between you and a business built on a solid legal foundation.

    Join now

    Discover that there can be ease in legalese

    You started your creative business to be your own boss, create what you wanted, and set your own schedule. Not deal with legal red-tape.

    But the law matters, even when your business is just getting started. And a strong legal foundation will give you the ability to reach your big goals.

    That’s where I come in. I’m here to add a little ease to the legalese of running your creative business. I’m your friendly legal eagle. The kind of lawyer that you want to join for coffee.

    Get tips from your friendly legal eagle and start to discover that there can be ease in the legalese.

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