We believe that you can achieve success, however, you define it, in your business, creative pursuits, and life.

We believe that connecting with like-minded creative business owners for ideas, experiences, encouragement, and accountability is a potent factor in achieving success.

We believe that a strong legal foundation is a necessary component of building a thriving, sustainable creative business. 

I, as your friendly legal eagle, know that you can have ease in the legalese. (And when you hit a roadblock, your fellow creatives and I will be there to help you bust through it.)

Together in the artist’s Courtyard, we’ll discover the most effective and efficient steps we 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


Here’s what happens when you join:

1: Plan

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

2: Resources

Using our legal library of resources, you’ll be guided step-by-step through tackling each important legal project.

3: Guidance

You’ll have access to your friendly legal eagle and community of fellow creative business owners 24/7 in our private online community.

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4: Accountability

We’ll help you make steady progress towards your goals with our mastermind calls, Q&A sessions, live workshops, and weekly check-ins.

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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 courses, templates, and a legalese translator. Some of the courses you’ll have access to include:

Write a contract

Step-by-step lessons to help you write a contract for your creative business. Plus you have access to five contract templates you can use!

Create + maintain your LLC

Step-by-step lessons to help you create an LLC regardless of which state you live in. Plus have the confidence that you know what’s expected of your LLC.

Register your copyrights

Step-by-step lessons to help you finally register your copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. So you have the strongest protection possible when copycats strike.

Host a legal giveaway

Step-by-step lessons to help you create a giveaway not only on the legal up and up. But create a giveaway that grows your creative business.

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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


Hi, I’m Kiffanie Stahle, founder of the artist’s J.D. 

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 inject ease into the legalese of running your creative business.

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

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I was a little intimidated when I looked at the register your copyright course. 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


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

✨ discover the most effective and efficient steps you can take today towards building a satisfying life and business

✨ connect you with a community of like-minded creative business owners

✨ give you access to insider legal information tailored specifically for creative businesses

✨ simplify the complex legal jargon and to-do list so you can focus on only the legal tasks that will make an impact, not give you busywork

✨ strengthen your business’ legal foundation, so it can support your life

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Here’s what you’ll get when you join…

Your own friendly legal eagle

Get guidance through online workshops, Q&A sessions, mastermind calls, and more.

Tools to take action

Confidently tackle projects using our legal resource library and legalese translator.

Access to the perfect resource

Pinpoint what legal projects that will make the biggest impact based on where you are today.

Your own brain trust

Ask your questions and get answers 24/7 in our private online community. (No Facebook Groups required!)

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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.

    …What’s included in the artist’s Courtyard? 

    You’ll have access to:

    Monthly Q&A session with your friendly legal eagle—that’s me, Kiffanie Stahle.

    Other creative business owners, just like yourself. With a Mighty Networks community to ask your questions and get answers from other members and me.

    Master workshops held about 4 times a year

    Weekly videos answering your legal questions, sharing legal items in the news, or other trends I’m seeing

    Our legal library and legalese translator

    …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. And that’s because the resources only cover U.S. law.

    Are you ready to add ease to the legalese?

    Will you join us in discovering the most effective and efficient steps we can take today towards building a satisfying life and business?

    Then enter your information below to request your invitation to join the artist’s Courtyard.

    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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