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How to Create an Agreement

This article instructs how to create agreements, assign a team and a counterparty, and give permissions to users. 

EraCLM has three types of agreements: 

  • Document
  • Record
  • Request

Each agreement is created differently:

Agreement Type Description
Document Create an agreement based on a framework and edit the draft in the Contract Editor.
Record Create an agreement from a PDF file and keep it as a record.
Request Request someone to create an agreement. Give instructions to create an agreement and assign it to a drafting queue

 


Prerequisites

  • Permissions to use a framework.
  • Emails of your team members. All team members must be users in EraCLM.
  • Email of the counterparty. The counterparty's team must be users in EraCLM.

How to Create a Document

The following procedure creates an agreement of type document. Note that depending on the rules set at framework level, some of the steps described might not apply to your framework.

  1. On the top menu, click Agreements > + New Agreement > Document.

  2. On the Start New Document pop-up window, enter the following information.

  •  The agreement name

  • A description (optional)

  • Document source: use framework

  • Counterparty Company 

  • Allow offline edits: yes

3. Click Next.

4. Select the framework.

5. Answer the questions, if applicable. This step is called conditional drafting.

Note: If you only have one framework assigned, EraCLM sets that framework to use. Also, questions are optional.

6. In Collaboration Settings > How will you work? select the option that applies.

Option Result
I will work alone EraCLM redirects you to the Contract Editor. You can edit the agreement and set team 0 later.
I will work with an existing team
  • In the dropdown list, select a team from previous agreements. 
  • Click Next.
  • EraCLM redirects you to the Contract Editor.
I will create a new team

Click Next.

 

 

How to Create a New Team

To create a new team, follow these instructions. See user roles for more information.

  1. Enter the user's email in the box next to man-plus-icon.png.
  2. In the dropdown list, select the option that applies. 
Option Result
View all sections Make all sections visible to the user. The user can make comments but cannot edit anything in the agreement.
Negotiate all sections The user can see, edit and make comments on the agreement.
Custom assignment
  • Click Next.
  • Click Yes to save the changes.

 

How to Configure Custom Assignment

To configure custom assignment, follow these instructions.

  1. Click Collab-button.png> Edit My Team.

 2. Click Expand.

click-expand.png

3. Configure the customized permissions for the user.

Option Steps
View a section
  • Select the eye icon next to the section.
  • Deselect the pencil icon.

view-section.png

Hide a section

Deselect the eye icon next to the section.

hide-section.png

Edit a section

Select the eye and pencil icons next to the section.

edit-section.png

View a tag
  • Set permissions to view the tag's section.
  • Go to All terms > tag.
  • Select the eye icon.

View-tags.png

Hide a tag
  • Set permissions to view the tag's section.
  • Go to All terms > tag.
  • Deselect the eye icon.

hide-tags.png

Edit a tag
  • Set permissions to view the tag's section.
  • Go to All terms > tag.
  • Select the eye and pencil icons.

edit-tags.png

How to Create a Third-Party Paper from a Microsoft Word or Text File 

The following procedure creates an agreement of type document from a Microsoft Word or a text file, also known as third-party paper. If you need to work on an agreement template created outside of EraCLM, upload the agreement as a Microsoft Word or text file.

  1. On the top menu, click Agreements > + New Agreement > Document.

  2. On the Start New Document pop-up window, enter the following information.

  •  The agreement name

  • A description (optional)

  • Document source: Upload MS Word or text file

  • Counterparty Company

  • Allow offline edits: yes

3. On the next window, drop or browse the file.

4. On Uploading Document, enter the following information:

  • Data capture options: Match to existing framework
  • Map document sections?:  Yes

 

How to Assign Sections to the Third-Party Paper

 

When using a third-party paper, you can map sections of the document to a similar template. EraCLM lets you perform the following actions.

  • Sections in the third-party paper don't need to match all the sections of the framework.
  • You can leave sections in the third-party paper unmatched to sections of the framework.
  • You can add new sections to the third-party paper.
  • You can delete sections from the framework.
  • Tags from the framework cannot be deleted but they can be edited and added to the third-party paper.
  • You can add new tags to the third-party paper.

Note: The document needs a format. To delimit sections, add a title at the beginning of each section so that EraCLM can select the paragraphs that belong to the section.

example-of-formatting.png 

Example of text formatting

The following videos explain how to import a third-party paper:

The following table provides instructions to set sections and tags in your third-party paper. Select the options that apply.

Option Steps
Match a section of the framework to the third-party paper
  1. On the left panel, hover over the section and click on the pencil icon. assign-a-section.png
  2. Edit Section name, Editable byCategory, and Section ID if needed.section-in-edit-mode.png
  3. Click Highlight section text and then select the text of the third-party paper that you want to include. highlight-text.png
  4. Click Save.
Add a new section
  • Click + Add Section.                        add-section.png
  • Add Section name, Editable byCategory, and Section ID. Click Next.
  • Select the text and click Save.
Delete a section
  • On the left panel, hover over the section and click on the x icon. 

delete-section.png

  • Click Yes on the modal to confirm.
Assign tags
  • Hover the mouse over the waffle to the left of the tag. tags.png
  • When the cursor changes to image-from-rawpixel-id-3958224-original.png*, drag-and-drop the tag to the text.

Image by rawpixel.com

Create new tags
  • Select the portion of text to convert to tag. 
  • Do Right-click > Replace With New Tagnew-tag.png
  • From the dropdown box, select the tag type. EraCLM supports tags of type: Text Essay Box, Single Textbox, Dropdown, Checklist, and Signaturetag-types.png
  • From the checklist, select Replace this selection only then click Next.tag-selection.png
  • Add Name, Editable by, Assignment to and Data Category, and Tag IDtag-selection02.png
  • Check if the tag is Required then click Save.

 

Note: If you only have one framework assigned, EraCLM sets that framework to use.

 

After the agreement is imported, set the collaboration settings. In Collaboration Settings > How will you work? select the option that applies.

Option Result
I will work alone EraCLM redirects you to the Contract Editor. You can edit the agreement and set team 0 later.
I will work with an existing team
  • In the dropdown list, select a team from previous agreements. 
  • Click Next.
  • EraCLM redirects you to the Contract Editor.
I will create a new team

 

 

How to Create a Document from an Existing Agreement

The following procedure creates a document from an existing agreement. Note that depending on the rules set at framework level, some of the steps described might not apply to your framework.

  1. On the top menu, click Agreements > + New Agreement > Document.

  2. On the Start New Document pop-up window, enter the following information.

  •  The agreement name

  • A description (optional)

  • Document source: Duplicate an existing agreement

  • Counterparty Company

  • Allow offline edits: yes

3. Click Next.

4. Select the agreement.

5. The Contract Editor opens with an exact copy of the agreement with the team 0 and counterparty included.

 

How to Create a Record

The following procedure creates an agreement of type record. Records are agreements done outside of EraCLM. 

  1. On the top menu, click Agreements > + New Agreement > Record.

  2. On the Start New Document pop-up window, enter the following information.

  •  The agreement name

  • A description (optional)

  • Counterparty Company

  • Data capture options: Enter Use framework

3. Click Next.

4. On the next window, drop or browse the file. Click Next.

5. On Upload Documents Completed Offline, click Next.

6. Select a framework.

7. On the Agreement from a record window > Do you verify that this record is fully signed? 

  • Enter yes to set the record status as Verified.
  • Enter no to set the record status as Closed.

8. Click Ok.

How to Create a Request

The following procedure creates an agreement of type request. Note that depending on the rules set at framework level, some of the steps described might not apply to your framework.

Note: You need queues configured for your user and your team. Ask a platform admin (support) for assistance.

  1. On the top menu, click Agreements > + New Agreement > Request.

  2. On the Start New Request pop-up window, enter the following information.

  •  The agreement name

  • A description (optional)

  • Counterparty Company

  • Allow offline edits: yes

3. Click Next.

4. Select the framework.

5. Answer the questions, if applicable. This step is called conditional drafting.

Note: If you only have one framework assigned, EraCLM sets that framework to use. Also, questions are optional.

6. In the Contract Editor, complete any items pending on you then Begin Collaboration. The agreement will go to a drafting queue for someone in your group to complete.

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7. On the next window, enter:

  • View agreements to exit the wizard.
  • Create new request to restart the wizard.

Creating a Child Agreement

EraCLM has the functionality of creating Agreements derivative from previously created Agreements. These Agreements, known as Child Agreements, inherit the values entered in the tags of the original Agreements, known as Parent Agreements.

You can create a Child Agreement to follow a workflow when executing related Agreements with the same tags and to speed up the negotiation process.

 

Note

 

Only users with Platform Admin privileges can enable the function to create Child Agreement. As a Platform Admin, you can enable this function at framework level. To know more, refer to the Admin Guide.

You can only create a Child Agreement after your Agreement is being negotiated.

To create a Child Agreement:

  1. Click the Agreements tab on the navigation bar located on the top of the page. The system displays a list of all the Agreements in which you have collaborated.

  2. Find the Agreement for which you want to create a Child Agreement. You can manually search the Agreement on the Search bar.

  3. Select the row where your Agreement is located (without clicking the name of the Agreement). The system now displays a new green button on the Agreement toolbar, named New Child.

  4. Click the New Child button and select Document from the options displayed. The system displays the Start New Document dialog box.

  5. In the Start New Document dialog box:

    • Fill the Name field.
    • Add an optional description.
    • From Document Source, select Use Framework to use one of your available templates to draft the Agreement, or select Upload MS Word or text file to use a Microsoft Word or a text file to draft the Agreement. For more information on creating an Agreement with a Microsoft Word Document or text file as a template, refer to the Creating an Agreement Using a Microsoft Word Document or a Text File as a template section.
    • From Allow offline edits select if you want to edit this Agreement outside of the platform.

    Click Next to go to the Framework Selection Screen

  6. Choose the framework to use as a template for your Agreement.

    Note

    If you only have one Child Agreement framework associated with the framework of your parent Agreement, the system sets that framework as default. Continue to the next step.

  7. Complete the Document Assembly Assistant. This process is called Conditional Drafting. The request is pre-filled accordingly.

    Note

    If you don't have Conditional Drafting options configured in your framework, ignore this step. EraCLM redirects you to the Contract Editor. To see all the options available in the Contract Editor, refer to the Contract Editor section.

    Click Next. The system displays the Collaboration Settings dialog box.

  8. In the Collaboration Settings dialog box, choose if you want to work alonecreate a new team or collaborate with an existing team, and click Next.

    Note

    If you choose to work alone, EraCLM redirects you to the Contract Editor.

    If you select I will work with an existing team, select from the dropdown list the Agreement where you worked with the team you want for this new Child Agreement. Click Next. The system adds this team to your new Agreement.

    Confirm the members of the existing team and their assigned actions. Modify if needed and click Next. The system displays the Collaboration Settings dialog box.

    Note

    To know more about team creation, refer to How to Create a Negotiation Team.

  9. Enter the email of your counterparty, click Next. Confirm the email, click Next. Enter the company of the counterparty who will be receiving this Child Agreement and click Next. The system displays the Contract Editor.

  10. Review your generated Child Agreement. The system prefills the tags configured from the parent Agreement. Edit text from your Agreement according to your needs.

    Note

    When you finish drafting, the system highlights the Next icon in red (indicated with an arrow).

  11. Click the Next icon. The system displays the Begin collaboration dialog box. Add a comment if needed and click Send.

After you complete these steps, the system sends the Child Agreement via email to the counterparty you previously designated.

 

Note

 

You and your counterparty need to complete the Child Agreement so you can complete the parent Agreement.

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