Coming from someone who used to work for a Court, I hate legal mumbo jumbo. I don’t ever sit in front of a client and rattle off a bunch of technical jargon, so why should we with the legal stuff?
I’ve simplified my contract for design services. Starting today, all of our new clients will be asked to sign on with our new contract, which is now written in plain English. I originally used a contract template, half of which I’m not sure I could even understand. Now that I know what needs to be included and what doesn’t based on experience, we’re doing this the easy way.
Here’s a snippet:
As our customer, you have the power and ability to enter into this contract on behalf of yourself, your company or organization. You agree to provide us with everything that we need to complete the project including text, images and other information as and when we need it, and in the format that we ask for. You agree to review our work, provide feedback and sign-off approval in a timely manner too. Deadlines work two ways and you will also be bound by any dates that we set together. You also agree to stick to the payment schedule set out at the end of this contract.
We have the experience and ability to perform the services you need from us and we will carry them out in a professional and timely manner. Along the way we will endeavor to meet all the deadlines set but we can’t be responsible for a missed launch date or a deadline if you have been late in supplying materials or have not approved or signed off our work on-time at any stage. On top of this we will also maintain the confidentiality of any information that you give us.