As business attorneys, we tend to harp on the importance of contracts and agreements, but it’s only because we see all too often what happens when clients don’t have a signed agreement in place prior to engaging in work.
The lack of a client services agreement (CSA) can lead to expensive legal disputes at best…to completely ruined businesses at worst. That is not what you, we or anyone wants for your business.
What is a CSA?
A CSA is a legally binding contract agreed upon between you and your client. It should be signed (and reviewed by an attorney) before any work begins. The contract sets forth the expectations, responsibilities and services to be provided by each party, the cost of those services, and other important terms of the relationship. You can read more about the specific provisions to include in your CSA on our blog.
In general, contracts don’t usually become too important until an issue arises. Then they are essential. The purpose of a CSA is to prevent disputes as best you can, and then if there were to be an issue or dispute, outline the means for resolving them. A well-drafted CSA can prevent miscommunication and misunderstanding so that both parties can move on to the work itself without being sidelined by expensive lawsuits.
A client services agreement shouldn’t be feared, and it shouldn’t be forgotten. It serves to protect your business interests – and your client’s as well. CSAs demonstrate your commitment to your business and business relationships. It’s worth taking the time and investment to engage an attorney to create comprehensive and effective contracts and agreements for your business. That’s where we come in. Call us today at the Law Offices of Alex D. Sirulnik, P.A. today to discuss your Florida business contract needs.