The BFF Contract is the brainchild of former paraprofessional for children with emotional and learning disabilities and stay-at-home mom Michele Mathews. In an effort to help Matthews daughter give her best friend a very special Christmas gift – proving their status as BFF’s (teen speak for best friends forever) she realized that no company offered this kind of service. After several inquiries to contacts in the legal world, Matthews found an attorney who was willing and able to write an agreement for the two girls. The result of her efforts is what appears to be the world’s first official BFF Contract.
“Not only did I think it was one of the sweetest things two friends could do for each other but as a former school teacher I saw a great opportunity to teach my daughter about the intricacies of our legal system,” said Mathews. “It took a lot of phone calls and a lot of hard work but the girls learned a valuable lesson about how to tell somebody how important they are and how much their friendship means to them.”
Mathews, a mother of three girls, realized the same contract would have a special meaning for other BFF’s who may want to take their friendship to the next level but can’t afford the legal fees in this struggling economy. She met with an attorney, set up the legal framework, convinced a friend to help with a web site and started BBF Registry, LLC.
“Basically this is a fun, affordable way for best friends to show each other how much they really care about each other,” Mathews stated. “To the best of my knowledge we are the only company in the world that allows BFF’s to memorialize their friendship in an agreement written and produced by a board certified attorney.”
Packages start at under $20 and include a customized BFF Contract, a parchment certificate, entry into the Official BFF Registry, a congratulatory letter and special “BFF Contract” bracelets. The BFF Registry, which is registered with the U.S. Copyright office in Washington, DC, will allow participants an opportunity to publicly record and document their friendships for everybody to see. While the contract was prepared by a board certified attorney specializing in contract law and intellectual property, it is definitely a non-binding agreement.
“This contract was written by a board certified attorney and designed with the strength of a legal agreement but the intent is to publicly profess your friendship not force somebody to stay your friend forever,” Mathews said. “Contractually becoming BFF’s is the most fun and imaginative way I can think of to show somebody how much you really care about them.”
Contracts can be purchased online by going to www.BFFContract.com In addition to the contract packages, the company offers merchandise like BFF stuffed bears, bracelets and shirts.