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Several parameters must be considered when there is an exchange of service between a client and a service provider. These parameters commonly include the specification of the service provided, project duration, deliverables, compensation, etc. However, discrepancies might often be faced on both ends during the contract period. Thus both parties usually agree upon compensatory terms or negotiation.

What is an IT Service Agreement?

An IT service agreement is a document signed between the customer or the client and the person or company providing IT services. The IT service agreement talks about all the parameters that both parties fix within the contract. Further, a solution for any clause discrepancy, such as a late fee, right to hold the content produced, etc., can also be mentioned. This agreement is then documented after both parties and witnesses sign it. If in case of dispute, the affected party can sue or file a lawsuit against the other.

What is included in an IT Service Agreement?

Here are some things that are included in an IT service agreement -

  • Type of Agreement
  • This defines the type of arrangement both parties have, such as a full-time, part-time, or contractual agreement. It further states whether it is a one-time project or a recurring project.

  • Deliverables
  • It states whether the project is to be submitted as a whole or whether the service provider needs to provide timely updates. Further, the means of updating or communication may also be mentioned.

  • Time Duration
  • The final deadlines are clearly mentioned in cases of a one-time work or project. In the case of a step-wise project, relevant due dates are mentioned. It also discusses delayed extensions and what action must be taken if the deadlines are not met.

  • Service Details
  • Within an agreement, it is mentioned what services the client shall receive. It also says services that are not included in the project. Within this it is also necessary to mention the softwares being used. Softwares play a vital part in the IT sector and can alter the quality or compatibility of the product.

  • Payment Structure
  • The final payment amount, mode of payment, and payment type are clearly stated. The same must be mentioned if the cost is variable, depending on working hours, days, or deliverables.

  • Compensation
  • If the client is providing their IT service provider with any type of compensation, such as travel charges, wi-fi bills, etc., the same must be mentioned, along with the amount.

  • Notice Period
  • When either party wishes to end the contract before its maturity period, they must inform the other well in advance. The notice period defines the number of days before which termination must be disclosed to the other party.

  • Property Ownership
  • Once the project is completed and the final product is developed, it must be clear who has ownership of the same. If there is a partnership sharing, that too must be mentioned, along with the percentage of sharing.

  • Confidentiality Clause
  • This clause helps to safeguard any personal and private information exchanged during the time of the project. As per this clause, both parties cannot share or leak any information about the other party.

  • Additional Clauses
  • If there are any terms that both parties have mutually agreed upon, they must be mentioned in the contract. Verbal agreements do not have any value when it comes to legal matters.

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What to do if the Terms of an IT Service Agreement are not met?

When any party signs a contract or an agreement with the other party, it becomes definite that they must obey every term mentioned in the same. Thus, no one should sign contracts without thoroughly reading them. If any party breaks the agreement, the other party has the right to file a case or sue them. There can be legal actions that can be taken. Thus, a lawyer for an IT service agreement comes into the picture.

Why hire a lawyer for an IT service agreement?

A lawyer can help you protect your rights while drafting an IT service agreement. They shall ensure that both parties mutually benefit. Lawyers play a significant role when it comes to contract management.

Role of a lawyer

Here are some of the roles that a lawyer plays -

  • Understanding the Terms
  • If you lack legal knowledge, it is sometimes possible to miss out on deciding on specific terms ahead of time. It is quite normal to forget to discuss them, which can create a mess in the future. However, having a lawyer on your side can help you with such decisions. Based on your needs, they create a checklist that mentions everything you must discuss with the other party in advance.

  • Ensure the Agreement is Foolproof
  • The lawyer ensures that all terms are mentioned within the contract. They go through the contract multiple times to make sure no loophole is left behind. From a legal point of view, they create a contract that is air-tight.

  • Informs you of the Latest Government Acts and Policies
  • If any government policies or acts have been in practice or recently changed that affect your project, the lawyer shall inform you. It is the duty of the lawyer to ensure that the project, as well as the drafted contract, meets the norms of the government.

  • Termination Protocol of the Contract
  • When you expect to end the contract with the other party, your lawyer shall inform you about the clauses and deliverables you must keep in mind. They shall help you understand the clauses and the notice period better. The lawyer shall go through the contract and understand if there is any clause that their client is breaking while ending the contract. If so, they shall further look for a way to go over it.

  • Legal Actions
  • If either party breaks the contract, the other party has the right to legally file a claim against the other party. Whether you are on the defendant or the other side, your lawyer shall help you make the most of the situation. They represent you and your interest in the court and ensure the best for you.

Conclusion

There are several parameters that must be considered within an IT service agreement. Having a lawyer on your side can help take a burden off your shoulders. They ensure that all your terms are mentioned within the contract and help safeguard your rights. If you are looking for an IT service agreement lawyer, check out ContractsCounsel. They have the world’s leading lawyers that shall help you draft the ideal contract.

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