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Services Agreement

Last revision Last revision 03/15/2024
Formats FormatsWord and PDF
Size Size8 to 13 pages
4.7 - 16 votes
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Last revisionLast revision: 03/15/2024

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SizeSize: 8 to 13 pages

Rating: 4.7 - 16 votes

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What is a Services Agreement?

A Services Agreement is a contract wherein one party, the service provider, agrees to provide, perform, or render certain services to the other party, the client. The services can be a one-time service such as being a clown for a birthday party or painting a room, or it can be a continuing service such as writing an article for a blog or providing accounting services.


What are the different types of Services Agreement?

This document is a catch-all Services Agreement that may be used for any kind of service. For a Services Agreement with a more specific purpose, the following types can be used:

  • Recruitment Agreement. This is used by a person called the client together with another person also known as the recruiter, to engage the latter's services to seek, search, and recruit potential candidates for employment or other engagements.
  • Volunteer Agreement. This is a document that can be used by a non-profit organization that wishes to utilize volunteers for their service.
  • Performance Agreement. This is a document that is used when one person or business, the client, will hire another person or business, the performer, to perform at a specific venue for a specific event.
  • Catering Agreement. This is an agreement entered into where one party, the Caterer, offers food catering services to the other party, the client.
  • Tutoring Agreement. This is a document that is used when a person or the "client" wants to hire the services of a tutor. A tutor helps students learn certain academic topics.
  • Consulting Agreement. This is used by a consultant for the provision of consulting services rendered in favor of another called the client, where the consultant assists the client by giving advisory opinions or guidance to enable the client to navigate a certain business or industry.
  • Social Media Marketing Agreement. This is an agreement between two parties called the "marketer" and the "client", whereby the marketer provides a wide array of marketing services through the client's social media platforms to help the business of the client grow.
  • Coaching Agreement. This is an agreement whereby two parties agree on the provision of coaching services.
  • Photography Services Agreement. This is a document used by a photographer and their client when the services of the photographer is engaged for some purpose.
  • Translation Contract. This is an agreement whereby one party called the translator renders translation services or agrees to translate one language to another language in favor of another party or the client.


What is the most common type of Services Agreement?

This Services Agreement is most commonly used as it is comprehensive enough to protect the rights of the client and the service provider. Further, this Services Agreement can be used for any kind of service that will be rendered by the service provider for the client.


What is the difference between a Services Agreement and an Employment Agreement?

A Services Agreement and an employment agreement are both ways to contract the service of a person.

The main difference lies in the fact that for a Services Agreement, the service provider (also called an independent contractor) has autonomy with the performance of his work, which means he has the authority to work using his own methods and generally on his own time. With employment agreements, on the other hand, the employee's performance of work is under the control of the employer, not only in the manner by which it is performed but also in its results. The following guide will explain this in detail: The Difference Between Independent Contractors and Employees.


Is it mandatory to have a Services Agreement?

There is no legal requirement for the service provider and the client to have a written Services Agreement. However, it is better to have one to lay down the terms and conditions of the Services Agreement to enable the service provider and the client to know what is expected from each of them. This will also serve as documentation for what was agreed upon by the service provider and the client.


What must a Services Agreement contain?

The following information should be provided to complete the document:

  • Information concerning the identity of the service provider and the client,
  • The services that will be rendered by the service provider,
  • The duration of the services agreement,
  • The time required for the performance of the services,
  • The location where the services will be performed, and
  • The service fees and manner of payment.


What is not allowed in a Services Agreement?

It is not allowed in the Services Agreement that the way the services are performed by the service provider is under the control of the client. Thus, if according to the Services Agreement, every aspect of the services is under the control of the client, such that the service provider has no say in doing his work, then the Services Agreement may in reality become an employment contract. In this case, the service provider is an employee of the client and cannot be denied the proper benefits mandated by law such as SSS, Pag-Ibig, and Philhealth, and cannot be paid a wage lower than the prevailing minimum wage. (The prevailing minimum wage is PHP610.00). If the employee is denied of said rights, the client will be liable to pay the proper wages and benefits not paid for the duration of the Services Agreement.


Who can enter into a Services Agreement?

The service provider and the client are the parties to a Services Agreement, meaning, they must sign the same. If the service provider or the client is an organization, the signatory may be the organization's representative.

The organization's representative must be equipped with a Secretary's Certificate if the service provider or the client is a corporation, a Partners' Certificate if the service provider or the client is a partnership, or a Special Power of Attorney if the service provider or the client is a sole proprietorship or individual before they sign the Services Agreement.

Note that minors or persons below 18 years of age cannot by themselves enter into a Services Agreement. Their parents or legal guardians should sign the agreement for them in their exercise of parental authority over the said minor.


What can be the duration of a Services Agreement?

The service provider or the client is free to choose how long the Services Agreement can last, it may be months or years. It may also last indefinitely so long as the client and the service provider maintain a good working relationship or until the main purpose of the Services Agreement is accomplished.


What has to be done once the Services Agreement is ready?

Once the document is completed, at least three copies of the document should be printed. The service provider and the client should read the document and sign all original copies of the document.

After this, the document may be notarized. If the parties would want to notarize the Services Agreement, the document also includes an Acknowledgment portion.

Notarization of the document converts the document from a private document to a public document so that it becomes admissible in court without the need for further proof of its authenticity. To notarize the document, the parties must go to a notary public to acknowledge that they have signed the Services Agreement freely and voluntarily. They should also present a valid I.D. issued by an official agency bearing their photograph and signature such as a driver's license or a passport, among others.

Once notarized, the service provider and the client should each keep at least one original copy of the notarized document, and the last one will be given to the notary public.


Which documents should be attached to the Services Agreement?

The proof of authorization for the representatives should be attached if any:

  • A Secretary's Certificate if the service provider or the client is a corporation.
  • A Partners' Certificate if the service provider or the client is a partnership.
  • A Special Power of Attorney if the service provider or the client is a sole proprietorship or individual.


Is it necessary to notarize a Services Agreement for it to be valid?

No, however, notarization of the document converts the document from a private document to a public document so that it becomes admissible in court without the need for further proof of its authenticity, meaning, the document will be presumed to be validly written and signed once it is shown to court in case a dispute is brought before it.


What are the costs involved in the finalization of Services Agreement?

Notarization fees for a Services Agreement are typically PHP100 to PHP500. However, some notaries public may charge based on the percentage of the amount of service fees involved, which is usually at 1%.


Which laws are applicable to Services Agreement?

The laws on Contracts and Obligations found in the Civil Code of the Philippines apply to this document. The Labor Code of the Philippines as well as orders, rules, and regulations from the Department of Labor and Employment may also apply to guide the user as to what can and cannot be contracted to service providers.


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