Service Agreement (General)

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For use when hiring a service provider. This agreement specifies the services to be provided (such as gardening, cleaning or bookkeeping), how much the provider will be paid and if the provider is considered an employee or independent contractor.

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A Service Agreement is a legal arrangement between a contractor or service provider and a property or business owner when a particular service is being provided. These services can include anything from house painting, gardening, housecleaning or installing a garage opener. It is important to properly document these types of transactions in writing, particularly in situations that lend themselves to casual oral agreements. If you have an oral agreement with a service provider, problems may arise if there are misunderstandings about any of the terms.

This Service Agreement contains language that clarifies that an employer/employee relationship has not been created. This is referred to as an "at-will" employment arrangement where either party can terminate the relationship with no liability over and above what is included in the written agreement. Specifying this element is important not only in terms of liability but also for tax purposes.

Among others, these important provisions are included in this Service Agreement:
  • Services to be Performed: This provision sets out the services to be performed by the contractor or service provider;
  • Time of Completion: This provision sets out the expected date of completion for the project;
  • Payment: The method of payment and when the contractor will be paid. This provision also sets out payment provisions for any expenses the contractor or service provider may incur;
  • General Provisions: These provisions document any miscellaneous matters which may arise during the term of the agreement.

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This attorney prepared Service Agreement Package includes:
  1. Instructions and Checklist
  2. General Information
  3. Service Agreement
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Service Agreement












This Packet Includes:
1. Instructions & Checklist
2. General Information
3. Service Agreement








Instructions & Checklist
 Service Agreement

   Both the owner and contractor must sign the Agreement.  Because both parties will want to retain an original, two originals should be signed.

   The Agreement should be signed at the beginning of the term of service.

   This form should not be used if the contractor is considered an employee of the owner.

   If you like, you can erase the italicized statements on the agreement.  These are just instructions to help you complete it.

   These forms are not intended to be and are not a substitute for legal advice. These forms should only be a starting point for you and should not be used or signed before first consulting with an attorney to ensure that they address your particular situation. An attorney should be consulted before negotiating any document with another party.

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General Information
Service Agreement

A service agreement is an agreement between a contractor who will provide services and a property/business owner.  These services may vary wildly, ranging from such things as gardening, to cleaning a house, to repairing a deck or to installing a garage door opener.  

A service agreement is helpful because it provides the terms and conditions of the arrangement.  What is involved in the project?  How much will the contractor get paid?  How will the arrangement end?  When should the project be completed?  These are all questions that will be answered in the service agreement.  In addition, the service agreement will reaffirm that an employer/employee relationship is not created.  

The following service agreement can be used for a one-time project or for on-going services.  In a few cases, you will need to choose the provision that applies to your situation.  

Employment relationships are governed by both federal and state law.  Many of the state laws differ dramatically; therefore, the owner and the contractor should become familiar with the laws of their specific state and the federal government before entering into this type of arrangement.  In addition, before using the form you should always consult with your attorney to ensure that it addresses your specific situation.





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Service Agreement


This Service Agreement (the “Agreement”) is dated as of ________________________, 20____, by and between __________________________________________________ (“Contractor”) and ______________________________________________ (“Owner”) (collectively the “Parties”).

The Parties agree as follows:

1.  SERVICES:  The Contractor will perform the services described below:
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2.  TIME OF COMPLETION:  (Mark the applicable provision):

   The services described above shall be commenced on or before _________________, 20__, and shall be substantially completed by ______________________, 20__.  Time is of the essence.

   The services described above are ongoing, and shall be completed _______________ (e.g. weekly, bi-weekly, daily, etc.).

3.  PAYMENT:  (Mark the applicable provision):

   The Owner shall pay the Contractor for the material and labor to be performed under the Agreement the sum of  ________________________Dollars ($__________).  (This is more appropriate for a one-time project)

   The Owner shall pay the Contractor _________________________ Dollars ($__________) per ___________.  ( e.g. week, month, per session, etc.--this is more appropriate for ongoing services)

The payments shall be paid in the following manner: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
(Here you will need to describe how the payments will be made.  Will you make the payments weekly, at the completion of the project, etc.)
4.  Other Expenses:  The Owner shall reimburse the Contractor for the following expenses only:____________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________(If none, write “none.)

5.  General Provisions:

(a)  All work shall be completed in a workmanship like manner, and if applicable, in compliance with all building codes and other applicable laws.

(b)  To the extent required by law all work shall be performed by individuals duly licenses and authorized by law to perform the work.

(c)  Contractor warrants that it is adequately insured for injury to its employees and others incurring loss or injury as a result of the acts of Contractor or its employees.

(d)  In the event Owner shall fail to pay any periodic or installment payment due hereunder, Contractor may cease work without breach pending payment or resolution of dispute.

(e)  Contractor shall not be liable for any delay due to circumstance beyond its control.

(f)  Contractor is an independent contractor and not an employee of Owner.

(g)   Any changes to this document must be signed by both Contractor and Owner.




OWNER:                        CONTRACTOR:

_______________________________      ______________________________
Signature                        Signature

_______________________________      ______________________________
Name (please print)                  Name (please print)

_______________________________      ______________________________
Title (if applicable)                  Title (if applicable)
Number of Pages4
DimensionsDesigned for Letter Size (8.5" x 11")
EditableYes (.doc, .wpd and .rtf)
UsageUnlimited number of prints
Product number#20145
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