About

Let’s get your biz and blog LEGAL!

It’s my mission to make the legal side WAY less scary. I’m here to help entrepreneurs grow and improve their blogs and businesses, all while making sure it is also LEGAL.

My name is Jackie (middle name Jade – so there’s where the Jade comes from!) I started Jade and Oak in 2012 as a lifestyle blog and creative outlet as I was working full time as a litigator. I have been a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania since 2010 and for the last few years I have focused on helping business owners and bloggers with the legal side.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, I live in the city with my husband Jarrod and our two pugs, Bowie and Rosie. I balance a day job and freelance social media management, along with running Jade and Oak. I love sharing what I’ve learned over the years – both general blogging information and tips, as well as legal info for bloggers and small business owners. I’m here to show you how to make your blog more awesome, turn it into a business and learn all the legal bloggy stuff in a non-boring way.

I know the law can be super intimidating, so it’s always my goal to educate in an easy to understand way. It’s super important that we legally protect ourselves and our businesses asap so we don’t run into scary legal situations down the road.

If you want to start by learning the legal basics for your business, my free email course, Legal Biz Foundations, is the perfect start for you. The course will get you familiar with the legal issues facing all new business owners.

If you want to make sure your blog is legal and legal, be sure to check out my free email course, Legalize Your Blog. This course will get you started on thinking about the legal side of running your blog as a business, so you can make sure that you’re covered.

Plus don’t miss these blog posts, which are a great introduction to the legal side of running your blog – Is Your Blog a Business or a Hobby?, 7 Legal Myths About Blogging, and Blogging Legally 101.

Also, as someone who has been blogging for years, I have tons of blog posts to help you grow your blog too – Why You Need to Post Less on Your Blog, The Cures for Blogger’s Block, and 10 Ways to Improve Your Blog in Less Than 10 Minutes. These are all great ways to improve your blog game.

Since I know all about balancing life with blogging, check out my free email course, The Part Time Blogger. I created the course to help other bloggers who are struggling with balancing their blog along with their other time and life commitments. Trust me – you’re not alone!

When I’m not working, I love to keep busy – I love reading, checking out new binge-worthy shows on Netflix, taking ballet classes, traveling when I have time and just enjoying time with my husband, pugs, family and friends. If you want more of a behind the scenes glimpse, I post lots of fun random things over on Instagram!

Why work with me?

Not many people are out there sharing about the legal side of things. It’s complex, constantly changing and it can be intimidating to provide solid information. However, I’m sure you know – there are TONS of lawyers out there. So why isn’t anyone talking about the legal side?

Two main reasons: time and cost.

To put it bluntly – a lawyer’s time is worth A LOT. Lawyers get paid a high premium for their expertise, which totally makes sense. That means if you are willing to fork over hundreds or thousands of dollars, you can easily find a lawyer in your own town to help you out.

But I realize that isn’t in everyone’s budget or maybe your blog/business isn’t up to the level yet where you need that one-on-one legal attention. Which is where I come in.

I see lawyers marketing to the “big guys” – mainly established businesses who are ready to drop a dime for legal help. But I don’t see lawyers out there helping the newbies, bloggers or the people just scraping by. And those are the people who need help the MOST.

Because I know everyone is at a different stage in the entrepreneurial journey, I provide the legal information and education you need most in your business, at either no cost or at a fraction that others charge. Not because what I’m offering is anything LESS, but because it is only what you need in your business at this time.

If you have any questions for me, just fill in the below form to get in touch with me! As a reminder, I’m here to help but unfortunately I cannot provide specific legal advice. Feel free to ask general questions and I will do my best to answer or point you in the right direction!

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