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When looking at 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).


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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.

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


As a community member, you’ll benefit by:

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Taking Deliberate Action

Accessing Legal Resources

Getting Practical Guidance

Receiving Real Accountability


How do we really help you do these four things? Get a sneak peek of how we help you accomplish them by watching this video!


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:

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Secure your business’ legal foundation: Rest easy knowing the most critical legal tasks are done.

Building an email list: Learn how to grow your email list online and IRL on the up and up.

Registering your copyrights: Have the strongest protection possible when copycats strike by registering your copyrights.

Write a contract: Create happy, successful working relationships by making sure everyone is on the same page.

How to hire independent contractors: Understand when she can be an independent contractor and when she has to be an employee.

Create (+ maintain) your LLC: Create an LLC and discover what’s required to keep your LLC status.

Nuts and bolts of selling online: Selling your products/services online on the legal up and up.


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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.


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?

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24/7 access to our private online community

Instant access to our legalese translator

Instant access to the 5 must-do legal tasks course

Ability to purchase additional courses a la carte

Access to our member perks and discounts




(per month)

24/7 access to our private online community

Access to Friday accountability check-ins

Access to monthly coworking sessions

Access to monthly Q&A sessions

Access to quarterly online workshops and mastermind calls

Instant access to our legalese translator

Instant access to all 16 courses and workshops (and growing!)

Instant access to our art licensing rate database

Access to our member perks and discounts


Want to learn more before joining?

Check out these resources to help you decide if our community is the right fit for your creative business.

First, discover if your values align with the artist's Courtyard community values.

Second, learn more about our mentorship program designed increase access to legal resources to non-white, non-straight, non-cis, non-disabled creative business owners.

Finally, enter your information below and we'll send you more information about joining us in the artist's Courtyard!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do we help you take deliberate action, access legal resources, get practical guidance, and receive real accountability?

    Get a sneak peek of how we help you accomplish them by pressing play!

    As a member of the artist’s Courtyard, I’ve negotiated some fun discounts and perks for you!

    These include discounts on Pinterest and Instagram scheduling, podcast hosting, insurance policies, bookkeeping services, payroll and benefits, and budgeting software.

    Once you join you can find all your perks and discounts in the community in the artist’s Courtyard Handbook.

    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:

    (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 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.

    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?

    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.

    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. (You can read our full refund policy and when refunds are issued here.)

    the artist’s Courtyard level is the perfect fit if you just want to check us out and dip your toes in the water while connecting with like-minded creative business owners.

    The DIY level is the perfect fit if you are looking to connect with like-minded creative business owners on a deeper level for ideas, experiences, encouragement, and accountability. You’ll also have the option to purchase some of the courses and resources a la carte.

    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.

    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.

    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

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    Wish you had access to the kind of lawyer that you want to join for coffee?

    You can! I’m your friendly legal eagle (and licensed attorney). And I’d love to pop in your inbox to help you cut through the red-tape and share how there can be ease in the legalese.

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