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This Service Agreement is a contract used to hire an individual or an organization to do a specific or defined tasks and provide various services to the client. This contract is entered to provide some useful tasks in return for remuneration.
This document outlines the particulars of the client and service provider, description of services, obligation of the parties, compensation structure, intellectual property ownership, confidentiality obligations of the parties, termination etc.
This document can be used by a client who requires the services of an independent contractor. Independent contractors include engineers, plumbers, technicians, and other construction workers for the construction of buildings; lawyers; press relations agencies; supplier of goods; I.T. specialists; interior designers/decorators, event planners and caterers for the planning of a wedding or an event; stock brokers; real estate agents; etc.
Note that the relationship between the client and the service provider is that of contract for service and not contract of service (as in between an employer and employee). Also note that the Employment Agreement is used by an employer who intends to hire an employee in a contract of service.
Under the Nigerian law, there are differences between an employee and a service provider, such as:
How to use this document
This document can be used by a person, company or any other organization that desires to use the services of an independent contractor/service provider.
After filling the form, the client must sign the document. If the client is a company, either two directors or one director and one secretary must sign the agreement. If the client is any other organization other than a company, the signature of one officer of the organization will be required. An officer here is a person who is in position of authority, such as a general manager, managing partner, CEO and any other person authorized to execute contracts on behalf of the organization.
Once the client has executed the document, the service provider must be given at least two copies of this document to sign. If the service provider is a company, either two directors or one director and one secretary must sign the agreement. If the service provider is any other organization other than a company, the signature of one officer of the organization will be required.
After both parties have executed the document, each party must keep at least one copy of the executed document for record purposes.
The Nigerian Labour Act is the applicable law. Also, the general rules of contract are applicable to this document.
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Other names for the document: Agreement to Hire a Professional, Agreement to Hire an Independent Contractor, Attorney's Service Agreement, Agreement for Service, Services Agreement