Frequently Asked Questions

Note that questions related to pricing are located on the pricing page. Technical questions relating to ClauseBuddy are answered on the separate Help website for ClauseBuddy, while technical questions relating to Clause9 are answered on the separate Help website for Clause9 or on the separate Discussion Forum.
Does you software store and manage contracts?

No. ClauseBase is exclusively focused on contract drafting — storing clauses and templates. If you require contract storage, archiving, analysis, etc. you require contract management software (such as Contractify). 

Do note that Clause9 and ClauseBuddy are excellent companions to such contract management software packages. Almost without exception, all those packages offer only very limited contract drafting features. Through our many integrations, we can usually integrate with those other packages.

Do you offer legal content (templates)?

Even though we are a team of former lawyers, we do not offer ready-made legal content ourselves. However, we do offer inspirational legal content created by third parties, of which several are available free of charge.

Which languages do you support?

We support Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. 

For all these languages, we not only translate the end-user (Q&A) interface, but also offer translation support for clauses and templates. For most languages, we offer deep grammatical support, e.g. to allow automatic changes between singular/plural, gender and grammatical case.

Who owns the intellectual property of the uploaded clauses and templates?

You decide who will get access to your clauses & templates, and whether they can only use them, or also modify them.

In other words, we will not sell your clauses & templates, we will not license them to others, and we will not otherwise make them available to others.

You remain the owner of your clauses & templates. Not us. Any intellectual or moral rights associated with your clauses & templates will remain with you, and will not be transferred to us.

Do you use my data for training your AI models?

ClauseBase is not in the business of creating its own AI model, so we do not use your data at all for AI modelling / training / finetuning, and have no plans in this direction. The only LLM-related processing we do with your data is so-called "prompt-engineering" in the background, passing on carefully selected fragments of your data to the LLM in order to get an answer.

For a more extensive answer, see the dedicated in-depth section on LLMs on our compliance website.

Does ClauseBase make use of artificial intelligence (AI)?

Yes, in all areas where this makes sense for lega drafting. We use AI for searching clauses, document analysis, automatic drafting of paragraphs, clause analysis, automatic extraction fo clauses, etc.

However, not all aspects of legal drafting benefit from AI. Full-document automation, for example, requires precision and 100% predictability, and can therefore not be primarily AI-driven, because AI — by its very nature — is not entirely reliable and predictable. Accordingly, AI fulfills a supportive roles for those areas.

Is ClauseBuddy also available outside Microsoft Word?

Yes! Are you not using Microsoft Word, but still want to draft more efficiently?

ClauseBuddy is also available in a web version, so you can simply use it within your web browser. You can access it here. (Obviously, you will have to copy/paste from and into Microsoft Word.)

By the way, did you know ClauseBuddy is also available for Microsoft Outlook?

Where is my data located?

For customers in Europe, all data of ClauseBuddy is hosted in Germany, with encrypted backups in a separate data centre from another hosting provider (currently in Germany). For customers outside Europe, we also offer data locations elsewhere.

In order to minimize GDPR compliance issues, we actively avoid non-European based suppliers, with the exception of Microsoft for our internal Office 365 data (i.e., for emails and internal documents — customer data such as contract templates, clauses, Q&A answers, etc. are stored on servers hosted by European companies, within the EU).

For more detailed information, see our dedicated website.

How do Clause9 and ClauseBuddy differ?

ClauseBuddy is an integrated tool that is preferably used as an add-in in Microsoft Word or Outlook (although it also runs in a web browser). It offers a selection of tools, such as an AI integration, clause library, easy-to-use template editor, playbook automation tool and clause extraction from past documents to quickly search/construct clauses. It’s a full-featured, easy-to-use toolkit of legal drafting tools for every legal team.

Due to its AI-driven nature, cost-efficiency, limited training and extensive toolset, ClauseBuddy is the perfect introduction to drafting technology for every legal team.

Clause9, on the other hand, is a tool for legal teams who require the very best in document automation technology. It is ideal for teams who want to break free from the limitations imposed by competing tools on the market. Read more about the clause-based drafting that makes this possible.

ClauseBuddy and Clause9 work together seamlessly, so you can take content produced in ClauseBuddy (e.g., a clause or automated template) into Clause9, and vice versa. In other words, you can start easy in ClauseBuddy, and move on to Clause9 whenever you are ready!