A Service Agreement, also sometimes called a General Services Agreement, is a document between a service provider and a client. In a Service Agreement, the service provider agrees to provide certain services - these can be any type of services, from small, individual-oriented services like dog walking to larger, more professional services like freelance accounting - to a client.
Within these agreements, the service provider and client outline their expectations for behavior and agree to the bounds of the relationship between them.
In a Service Agreement, you'll be able to enter the most important details of the parties' relationship: things such as a description of the services, as well as pricing information, and how the client is expected to pay. A good Service Agreement will also have you covered in case anything goes wrong: things such as dispute resolution and governing law should be included.
How to use this document
You can use this document if you are a service provider getting ready to enter into a new relationship with a client, or if you are a client preparing to a hire a new service provider. In this document, you'll be able to enter pertinent identifying details, such as whether the parties are individuals or businesses, and their respective addresses and contact information. You will also input the most important characteristics of the agreement between the parties, like duration for the work (if you would like it to continue indefinitely until the service is complete or end at a date certain), fee information, and of course, what exactly the services being provided are.
You will be able to choose several specifications for how you want the agreement to be formed, including things like limitation of liability. This Service Agreement will help you outline the expectations of both parties before the work actually begins.
Service agreements in the United States are subject to both Federal laws and specific state laws, which cover general contract principles like formation and mutual understanding. Federal laws may restrict what services can be contracted for (for example, you may not contract for anything illegal) and certain broad categories, like contracting for something that looks more like an employment relationship, but individual state laws may govern the interpretation of the contract in case of a dispute.
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