The client services agreement (CSA) is an important legal contract business owners and their clients enter into before engaging in any kind of services. The document is important for both parties because it clarifies the expectations and services to be provided, details the costs of those services, and spells out other terms of the relationship. It also puts protections in place to minimize risk and reduces the potential for future disputes or litigation.
CSAs can be lengthy documents, and business owners can feel overwhelmed when determining what to include as key provisions in the contract. In this post, we’ll discuss the Scope of Services section and what to include in that provision when creating your CSA.
Understanding the Scope of Services Clause in a Client Service Agreement
The Scope of Services section, also called a scope of work, is where you will spell out your deliverables for the project. It is not promising results, but it is clearly and concisely dictating what you will bring to the table. The purpose of the contract is to eliminate ambiguity by being as specific as possible about things such as the following:
- The scope of work and what you will deliver (quantifying where applicable)
- The price for those services
- Your timeline
- Any key assumptions about the project or relationship
- An acceptance of the work as outlined
If any tasks surface that are not included in the Scope of Services section, you would need to create an amendment to the CSA to account for those items and ensure you are protected.
Securing a new client is exciting, but you shouldn’t overlook the importance of a thorough CSA before beginning any new work. Our team at the Law Offices of Alex D. Sirulnik, P.A. can help you develop strong CSAs unique for your business – and make sure that key provisions like the scope of services clause protect you and set clear expectations while reducing the risk of litigation down the road. Contact us today to ask your questions.