Why is a written contract important?

  • Good business
  • Manages client’s expectations
  • Reduces disagreement regarding the scope of work to be done
  • Ensure any modifications to the contract and/or scope of work are signed off by the client before the work is done
*Remember a written contract is required for coverage.

What should a written contract include?

Specifically defined scope of work (what is being done and what is not within the scope of work).

Important Clauses your contract should contain:

  • Set forth what you intend to do, what you do not intend to do
  • List materials provided and that you relied on
  • Do not provide guarantees or warranties for services
  • Limitation of Liability Provision (not applicable in every jurisdiction)
  • Watch out for indemnification provisions in contracts
Last, review your contracts.
  • Select a good attorney to review your contract
  • Invest time and money up front to avoid future problems and expense
  • A form contract is better than no contract
  • Laws vary from state to state