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  • What is a Web Development Agreement?

    Web Development Agreements typically are drafted to document the terms and payment details for web development that will be provided. With signatures from the developer and the website owner, this essential document helps each party to set expectations. Different from the other sites you may come across, there's more to Rocket Lawyer than templates. In the event of missed payments or another problem, your Rocket Lawyer membership offers optional access to Document Defense® protection.

  • Should freelance web developers always write Web Development Agreements?

    No matter how few hours the work will take, creating documentation of your agreements with the client is key. Making this document most likely will be helpful to you because of the benefits listed below:

    • The length of the contract is established
    • Both parties know when invoicing will happen
    • Roles and responsibilities are understood by both parties

    A few unfavorable outcomes from not having this document in place might include impractical expectations, dragged out timelines, incomplete payments, and more potential concerns.

  • What information does a web development contract template usually contain?

    The basic details that you may be prompted to cover in your Web Development Agreement are:

    • The website owner's contact information
    • What tasks you will be responsible for (design, development, testing, etc.)
    • How long the contract will last
    • What fees will be charged and at which milestones

    As usual, this contract built on Rocket Lawyer also includes the standard legal language regarding the independent work relationship between the parties, the protection of private information, ownership of assets, liability for losses, and lastly, the method(s) of dispute resolution. While building your contract, you also can determine the jurisdiction under which it will be governed. Further information, such as change and approval processes or QA documentation can be added, if necessary.

  • Who provides the website design contract?

    If you are the designer and work with small clients, you will likely be the one putting together the contract. Your client may not know what is involved in building a website and they will need to rely on your expertise to make sure everything is included. Advantages to making your own contract are that you can set realistic deadlines for yourself and can address common issues up front.Sometimes larger clients have their own documents for working with contractors. In either case, it can be helpful to have a lawyer review your agreement before you sign.

  • How much might I usually pay for a lawyer to create a contract for website development?

    The cost of finding and hiring a conventional law firm could be from a few hundred dollars to thousands. If you choose to create a Web Development Agreement for free with Rocket Lawyer, click on "Make document" to begin the process. You may also consider asking an attorney in our On Call network to look at it for you after creating it.

    If you've got any concerns about the process, connect with an attorney. Also feel free to check out our full selection of business legal documents.

  • Is anything else required after I have created a Web Development Agreement?

    Attached to each Web Development Agreement, there's a series of helpful tips on what to do next. You should feel free to take any of the following actions with your contract: editing, printing, saving it in PDF format or as a Word file, or adding electronic signatures with RocketSign®. Most importantly, your client should get a copy of the final agreement.

  • How do I get my Web Development Agreement checked out by a professional?

    Seeking out an attorney to look over your contract may take a lot of time if you do it alone. Another approach to consider is to request help from the On Call network. Premium members have the ability to ask for guidance from an On Call attorney with business experience or pose other legal questions. As a business owner or operator, you can Work Confidently® knowing that Rocket Lawyer is by your side.

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