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How Much Does a Contractor Agreement Cost?

Based on ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data, the average cost of a project involving a contractor agreement is $570.00 [1].

Average Cost Data from Lawyers on ContractsCounsel

All Contractor Agreement Projects:
$570.00
Drafting a Contractor Agreement:
$800.00
Reviewing a Contractor Agreement:
$390.00

Based on 83 recent projects completed by lawyers on ContractsCounsel.

Last updated: 15 May, 2024

What is a Contractor Agreement?

A contractor agreement, sometimes called a freelance contract or a subcontractor agreement, is a legally binding contract between an independent contractor and a customer who hires them for service.

While most people immediately think of construction when they hear the word “contractor,” independent contractors can be found across all industries in a variety of different fields.

When a contractor is hired to complete work for a client, it is standard practice to execute a contractor agreement. These agreements usually include:

Contractor agreements are used to protect both parties and ensure that both the contractor and client uphold their end of the business agreement. Therefore, many contractors seek the legal expertise of a contracts lawyer to draft this agreement. A knowledgeable lawyer will know what your contractor agreement needs to include to protect you and your client and hopefully avoid legal disputes.

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What’s Included in a Contractor Agreement?

The clauses and provisions of a contractor agreement will vary based on the contractor's type of services. For example, a construction contractor agreement will look very different from an agreement for a consultant specializing in human resources.

Even though the agreements will differ, they generally include the following standard provisions:

  • The parties. A contractor agreement should list all parties involved in the contract. This is usually the contractor and the client, but a third-party company may sometimes be involved.
  • Duration. Some contracts are for a one-time service, while some are for an ongoing project. Specify the duration of the contract and include any deadlines or milestones that must be achieved.
  • Services to be provided/Scope of work. The contractor should specify what services they are being hired to provide and the scope of work covered by the agreement.
  • Compensation. Compensation for the contractor can be handled in several different ways. Some contractors charge hourly, while others charge a flat rate. There may also be milestones that must be paid as work is completed. These details should be worked out and stated in the agreement.
  • Confidentiality: Some contractors, like IT specialists, may work with sensitive company information. This could include trade secrets or customer lists. Therefore, the agreement should include clauses that offer protection for the client and the contractor.
  • Termination. If the contract includes an option for early termination, the grounds for this need to be in the contractor agreement.
  • Additional Clauses. Depending on the industry, some contractor agreements will need additional provisions. Your contract lawyer will help you determine what must be included in your contract.
  • Signatures. All parties must sign the contract to make it legally binding.

Types of Contractors

A contractor is typically a self-employed individual who provides a service to customers. While most people associate contractors with construction, there are many contractors across all industries. Contractors may also be called consultants, freelancers, or independent contractors.

Common types of contractors include:

  • Consultants (legal, financial, human resources, IT)
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers,
  • Carpenters
  • Hairstylists
  • Wedding planners
  • Painters
  • Musicians
  • Photographers
  • Graphic designers
  • Caterers

Anyone who is considered self-employed is working as a contractor. The services provided could be as simple as babysitting or dog walking or as advanced as counseling and website design. According to the IRS, anyone providing a service that an employer does not control is a contractor.

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Examples of Contractor Agreement Projects

Contractor Agreement Drafting Service

It is important to draft a comprehensive contractor agreement that protects the contractor and the client. Many contractors turn to an experienced contract lawyer to draft this agreement. A lawyer will be familiar with state and local laws governing contracts and ensure the agreement includes all necessary clauses and is legally binding.

Contractor agreement drafting services typically involve a consultation with the contractor to learn about the services they provide and the terms they want to include in the agreement.

The lawyer will draft a document that the contractor can use when doing business with clients. Drafting services may also include revisions, but some lawyers may charge extra for additional services.

Contractor Agreement Review Service

A contractor can find a template for a contractor agreement. Even though these templates are easily available and cover most legal issues, it is still a good idea to have a licensed attorney review the contract.

An attorney can make sure the contract includes all necessary clauses, fits the contractor's needs for the services provided, and complies with all laws. If a contractor doesn’t have a legally binding contract, they leave themselves vulnerable to lawsuits from clients.

How Much Does it Cost to Draft a Contractor Agreement?

Contractor agreement costs can vary based on length, complexity, and how many custom provisions must be included in the document.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows the average contractor agreement drafting costs to be $800.00 across all states and industries.

How Much Does it Cost to Review an Existing Contractor Agreement?

Hiring a lawyer to review a contracting agreement will also come with fees. However, a lawyer will take their time and use their legal knowledge to ensure your contract is legitimate.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows the average contractor agreement review costs to be $390.00 across all states and industries.

How Do Lawyers Charge for Contractor Agreements?

Lawyers can charge for contract services in a variety of ways. The two most common fee structures used are hourly rates and flat-fee rates.

Hourly Rates for Contractor Agreements

Under an hourly rate fee agreement, the lawyer will communicate to the client what they charge for each hour of work spent on a project. The client agrees to pay that rate for however long it takes the lawyer to complete the job. However, clients tend to feel uneasy with an hourly rate fee agreement because they can easily be surprised by a hefty legal bill.

The marketplace data for ContractsCounsel shows the average hourly rate for a contractor agreement lawyer ranges from $200 - $350 per hour.

Flat Fee Rates for Contractor Agreements

Flat fee rate structures are growing in popularity, especially for document drafting projects. An experienced lawyer can determine how long a project should take after consulting with the client. Then, the lawyer can quote the client a flat rate for the project that ensures the lawyer will be fairly compensated for their work.

Clients prefer flat-rate fees because they know exactly what they are paying and won't be surprised by a high hourly rate bill.

ContractsCounsel's marketplace data shows the average flat fee rate for contractor agreement costs to be $570.00.

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References

  1. ^ Data based on recent contractor agreement projects on ContractsCounsel's platform. Updated daily.

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