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Service Contracts

When you’re a business that operates on a contract by contract basis, you need to have special agreements known as service contracts ready. They confirm things like pay, safety, deadlines, and more. Construction companies use them for their projects, marketing firms use them to hire freelancers, and catering services will use them to establish what they need to provide.

Service contracts are vast and varied, but that doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch on a regular basis. A catering service may cater to several different types of events, but what they need to do for these events is always the same, just in varying amounts. They could have one or a few template contracts that will serve them well in the future. 

If you’re a business that’s starting out or one that has created a new service contract for every new project, contact the corporate law attorneys at Tressler & Associates. We can make new service contract templates for you, update your old ones, and/or write special or specific contracts that you need.

What Goes Into a Service Contract?

A service contract provides a detailed description of what is required of both parties and how they should complete their responsibilities. This means service contracts need to outline a lot of information and instructions. This includes:

  • Both Parties’ Contact Information – Should something go wrong, both parties need to be able to contact each other to fix the issue.
  • Work Description – Even if the service provider only has one service they provide, it should be described in detail so there are no misunderstandings. 
  • Deadlines – Most projects are time-sensitive in some capacity. The contract needs to state when each part of the project needs to be completed.
  • Compensation – How much your business is being paid for their work and how you will be paid should be in the contract.
  • Insurance – Depending on the risk involved with the project, your business and/or the hiring party may need to acquire insurance. Insurance can protect your workers, the property being used in the project, both parties’ financial investment, and/or the hiring party’s rights to the project. This should include indemnification costs as well.
  • Warranties – When products are included in the service, whether it be a house, a car, or a workplace building, there needs to be a warranty to assure financial security should the project not operate as it should.
  • Default Terms – If a default occurs because the hiring party fails to pay you, the contract can offer suggestions on how you can both proceed.
  • Dispute Resolutions – If a party needs to change the contract after it has been signed, or someone has broken the contract, the contract can offer ways to remedy the situation.

What Can a Service Contract Have That Isn’t Required?

There are other elements that can go into your service contracts that are not required. These are extra agreements that can be signed separately from the service contract. Putting these in the service contract allows for predetermined dispute resolutions to be used to solve them. These include:

  • Non-disclosure/Confidentiality AgreementsThese prevent both parties from disclosing any sensitive information or proprietary technology that may be used in the service to outside parties.
  • Noncompete Agreement – This prevents the service provider from using what they created for the hiring party to attract the hiring party’s clients or competitors.
  • Nonsolicitation Agreement – The service provider and the hiring party cannot attempt to solicit more work or hire employees from the other party.

Contact Tressler & Associates to Create Your Service Contracts

Service contracts are a part of everyday business. You need yours to be airtight to protect your business, your employees, and your clients. With whatever kind of service contract you need, whether it be a template or a new contract for a special project, the corporate law attorneys at Tressler & Associates are here to help you. Contact us today for more information.

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