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Asked on Nov 9, 2023

How long should the contractor agreement last?

I am a small business owner who is looking to hire an independent contractor. I need to know how long the contractor agreement should last in order to ensure that both parties are legally protected. I am also concerned about how long the contractor will remain with my business and what the renewal process will look like if necessary.

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Answered 242 days ago

Merry A.

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The terms that you write in an independent contractor agreement should, first and foremost, protect you/your business and give you the advantage in the relationship, if possible. While some such contracts may have an end date, that's not mandatory; but be sure to give yourself/your business the right to terminate the contract when you want to, without cause. Leave it to the contractor to negotiate better terms than you propose, on behalf of the contractor - that is not your job. I recommend that each of you use your own attorney to review the agreement prior to signing. And, by the way, has numerous documents available for purchase, and it's very likely they offer a boilerplate of this type of contract, vetted by WA State attorneys.

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