Do You Need a Service Contract for Your Small Business?
A small business plan from LegalShield gives you access to attorney drafted service contracts so you can enter client engagements knowing you are using an agreement that is legally sound and protects your rights.
The Benefits of Using an Attorney to Help You With Contracts
Whether you’re a solo consultant, a wedding DJ or you own a lawn care business with 25 employees, you should be using a professional services contract drafted by an attorney.
- Using a professional contract elevates your brand
- Clear terms and conditions help create proper expectations with your clients
- A formal agreement helps deter bad behavior from customers
- Your agreement can help resolve disputes before going to court
36% - 56% of small businesses are involved in litigation each year*. As such, it’s critical that you have an attorney make sure your service contract is legally sound.
Join LegalShield now to make sure your service agreement includes the right language.
The Elements of an Effective Service Contract
While your service agreement may need terms specific to your industry, most agreements need to include the following basic elements.
- The length of the agreement (term)
- Scope of work/responsibilities of the parties
- How and when payment will be made
- Rules for resolving disputes
- How intellectual property rights will be handled
- Liability and indemnification clauses
- Rules for making modifications to the agreement
- Standard waiver clause to preserve your rights
- Representations and warranties
- Relationship (usually independent contractor)
With LegalShield, you get access to attorney drafted service contract templates, unlimited legal consultation and your attorney can review any documents (up to 15 pages each). Not matter how you use your membership, you’ll end up with a great service contract you know you can count on, for a fraction of the cost of hiring an attorney directly.
Resolving Disputes Related to Your Service Contract
Using a service agreement that is written and reviewed by a small business attorney helps to prevent many common customer problems. Should you find yourself in a dispute with a customer, you’ll rest easy knowing LegalShield is on your team.
- Contact your attorney any time to get legal and settlement advice
- Have your attorney write a letter to compel a customer to honor your agreement
- Have your attorney make a call on your behalf to negotiate a resolution
Whether you use your LegalShield attorney for advice to resolve a dispute on your own or ask them to get involved on your behalf, you’ll get better results than stressing and guessing.
How a Legalshield Small Business Plan Works for Services Contracts
All LegalShield plans come jam-packed with valuable benefits. When it comes to getting a legally sound services contract for your small business, the most common plan usage is in two areas.
CONSULTATION AND ADVICE
You can have unlimited phone consultation with a contract attorney to get questions answered, receive legal advice on key contract terms and make sure your business is protected.
TEMPLATES AND DOCUMENT REVIEW
If you need a new services contract, you can download an attorney drafted template, fill it out and have your attorney make sure it’s legally sound. Also, you can submit other business documents and get feedback within 3 days.
You get the best of both worlds. You have the help of an attorney to make sure your services contracts are correct AND you save a ton of money.
Key Features of Our Small Business Legal Plans
LegalShield’s business plans can help you in the following areas.
Speak with your provider attorney on an unlimited number of business legal issues. One hour of legal research on each matter is included at no additional charge.
Your provider attorney can make phone calls or write letters on your behalf. Depending on the type of plan, a designated number of debt collection letters are included each month at no additional charge.
Have your provider attorney review documents and contracts up to 15 pages each. Preparation of documents is provided under the preferred member discount.
Your provider attorney can defend your business in covered civil lawsuits. Depending on the type of plan, a designated number of pre-trial hours and trial hours are included at no additional charge.