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General Contract for Services basics

Putting your agreements in writing helps keep your business relationships in good standing. A General Contract for Services is a useful tool whether you provide services for someone else or they provide them for you. You can create a General Contract for Services to set out clear terms and conditions for any services to be provided.

What is a Contract for Services?

A Contract for Services allows for you to establish good professional relationships and prevent future misunderstandings by having a written agreement in place. Also known as an Agreement for Services or Service Contract, this document defines the relationship between the business providing a service and the person or business receiving it. A General Contract for Services helps both parties by creating a clear record of the price, duration of services, obligations, and more, so if one party disagrees, the other is protected.

You can use Rocket Lawyer's free General Contract for Services if:

  • Your business will be providing services for a business or individual.
  • You will be contracting with a business to receive services.

What should be included in a Contract for Services?

A contract for services should contain all of the basic terms of the working relationship. For example:

  • The parties to the agreement
  • Payment information
  • The term of the contract
  • Information regarding ownership of work product generated as a result of the contract
  • Dispute resolution information

What are the 4 elements of a valid contract?

The four elements of a valid contract are: offer, acceptance, intention to create a legally binding relationship, and consideration (usually money).

What is a Service Provider Agreement?

A Service Provider Agreement can either be another name for a Contract for Service, or it can be more of a formalized agreement. A service agreement is also a common feature found in some warranties and sales contracts. For example, if you buy a brand new washer or dryer, it may come with a service agreement which outlines the terms for if the appliance needs to be serviced, etc.

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