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In most cases, a Service Agreement is a legally binding contract that outlines the manner in which services will be provided. Service Agreements can be made between individuals, a business and an... Read More

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  • What is a Service Agreement?

    In most cases, a Service Agreement is a legally binding contract that outlines the manner in which services will be provided. Service Agreements can be made between individuals, a business and an individual, or between two or more businesses.

    Having a Service Agreement in place is equally as important for service providers as for the receivers. The contract outlines not only what the expectations are, but also how and when you can expect to be paid. For the service provider, the agreement provides details about the service that is expected, including when the work is to start and when it is expected to end. For the receiver, the agreement provides important information about the service that will be provided, including the amount to be charged, whether or not expenses are included, and when payment is due.

    In some cases, services are straightforward. For example, when you hire someone to paint your bathroom, the description of the services is fairly simple. In other cases, however, the services to be provided may be more difficult to describe. For example, when you hire someone to paint the exterior of your entire house. In this case, you may want the description of services to include more details about prepping the house before painting if you have old shingles that need to be scraped before paint can be applied.

    Service Agreements can also be helpful in scenarios where services will be provided over a long period of time. For example, every year a service provider will schedule a visit to inspect your home security system. This removes the need for signing a new contract each time an inspection is needed.

  • What should be included in a Service Agreement?

    A Service Agreement can include all of the following information:

    • Description of the services to be provided
    • Timeline for the provision of the services
    • Payment information, such as how much is to be paid and when
    • The term or length of the contract
    • Work product ownership, if relevant
    • What constitutes a breach of the agreement
    • Information about how disagreements will be resolved
    • Governing law of the agreement

    All of these terms and more are included in the Rocket Lawyer Service Agreement document.

  • How do you write a Service Agreement?

    The Rocket Lawyer Service Agreement provides a customized document for your needs. You may want to make sure that you include as detailed of a description of the services to be provided as possible. This description could become important should a disagreement arise. Ask a lawyer if you have a question about your Service Agreement or about a Service Agreement you are being asked to sign.

  • Which party should sign a contract first?

    Typically, the party that will be providing the services will sign the contract first. However, it doesn't particularly matter the order in which the contract is signed, unless amendments, or changes, are made to the agreement. Amendments to a contract are usually made before anyone has signed it. You may want to inform the other party of any changes you wish to make, and make sure the changes are made to the contract before signing it. If changes need to be made to a contract that has already been signed, you might consider using a Contract Amendment to make the changes official.

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