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Contractor Agreement

North Carolina

Asked on Oct 21, 2023

Are there templates for a contractor agreement?

I recently hired a contractor to complete a project for my business, but I need to create a legal agreement between us. I understand the importance of having a contract that outlines the expectations and terms of the project, but I don't have any experience with creating such an agreement. Therefore, I am wondering if there are any templates available for contractor agreements.

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Business Contracts

North Carolina

Answered 267 days ago

Shelia H.

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There are many sources online that provide templates and cover the basic provisions for a contractor agreement. These provisions include, for example, scope of work, compensation, milestones and deadlines, termination, governing law, and dispute resolution. But there are many other provisions that may need special consideration and go beyond your typical boilerplate provisions. Therefore, it's always good to research any online source that provides templates and also consider contacting a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction so that you know your contract will meet the legal requirements of your state. Common online sources include Rocket Lawyer, LegalZoom, and Law Depot. You may also want to consider contacting your state's bar association. Many states have bar associations that can refer you to a licensed attorney in your area.

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Business Contracts

North Carolina

Answered 261 days ago

N'kia N.

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Licensed in North Carolina
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Typically, a (bona fide) independent contractor will prepare an agreement and present it to a hiring party to sign. However, for various reasons, a hiring party might prepare the agreement instead. Although there are plenty of templates available for independent contractor agreements, it would not be wise to use a template blindly. It is important for a hiring party to understand the true nature of an independent contractor relationship. Otherwise, the hiring party could inadvertently create an employment relationship and "misclassify" the employee as an independent contractor. If you are considering creating a North Carolina independent contractor agreement, you might consider scheduling a legal consultation first. A knowledgeable North Carolina employment attorney can advise you on the legal distinctions between an independent contractor and an employee, review a template or an agreement that you create, or create an independent contractor agreement that complies with North Carolina's nuanced independent contractor rules. Good luck!

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