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Subject: Re: [TGF] Sample contract
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 15:20:38 -0500
Melissa, I've never done client work yet, with or without a contract. But what
exactly do you do when someone who has paid you up front receives your report
on A, B, and C -- and then they start claiming that they asked you to do X, Y,
and Z instead? Without some kind of written agreement (i.e. a contract) how can
you show them, or APG, or anyone else who talked to them and is wondering if
you're legit, what was actually agreed to?
To me, a contract would be a security blanket, not a threat.
> Thanks Dee, I always appreciate your comments.
> One thing I did not mention in my previous post is that I require a client to pay my hourly fees up front. For example, if they are authorizing me to conduct 10 hours of research, I ask them to send the total hourly fees up front before I start anything. The only unknown, usually, is copy fees which I tell the client they will be responsible for after completion of the work. So, I feel I am covered as far as a client trying to stiff me of my hourly fees, I am exploring other pros and cons of a contract.
> This has been a very good conversation. Sincerely,Melissa BarkerGenealogist for Tennessee and KentuckyWebsite: www.freewebs.com/genealogyservices/
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