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
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
- 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