Do You Need a Service Agreement for Your Small Business?

A small business plan from LegalShield gives you access to lawyer drafted service contracts so you can enter client engagements knowing you are using an agreement that is legally sound and protects your rights.

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The benefits of using a lawyer to help you with contracts


Whether you’re a solo consultant, a wedding DJ or you own a lawn care business with 25 employees, you should be using a professional services contract drafted by a lawyer.

  • Using a professional contract elevates your brand
  • Clear terms and conditions help create proper expectations with your clients
  • A formal agreement helps deter bad behaviour from customers
  • Your agreement can help resolve disputes before going to court

36%-53% of small businesses are involved in litigation each year. As such, it’s critical that you have a lawyer make sure your service contract is legally sound.

Join LegalShield now to make sure your service agreement includes the right language.


The elements of an effective service contract


While your service agreement may need terms specific to your industry, most agreements need to include the following basic elements.


  • The length of the agreement (term)
  • Scope of work/responsibilities of the parties
  • How and when payment will be made
  • Rules for resolving disputes
  • How intellectual property rights will be handled
  • Liability and indemnification clauses
  • Rules for making modifications to the agreement
  • Standard waiver clause to preserve your rights
  • Representations and warranties
  • Relationship (usually independent contractor)

With LegalShield, you get access to lawyer-drafted service contract templates, unlimited legal consultation and your lawyer can review any documents (up to 15 pages each). No matter how you use your membership, you’ll end up with a great service contract you know you can count on, for a fraction of the cost of hiring a lawyer directly.  

Resolving disputes related to your service contract


Using a service agreement that is written and reviewed by a small business lawyer helps to prevent many common customer problems. Should you find yourself in a dispute with a customer, you’ll rest easy knowing LegalShield is on your team.

  1. Contact your lawyer any time to get legal and settlement advice
  2. Have your lawyer write a letter to compel a customer to honour your agreement
  3. Have your lawyer make a call on your behalf to negotiate a resolution

Whether you use your LegalShield lawyer for advice to resolve a dispute on your own or ask them to get involved on your behalf, you’ll get better results than stressing and guessing.   


How a LegalShield Small Business Plan Works for Services Contracts

All LegalShield plans come jam-packed with valuable benefits. When it comes to getting a legally sound services contract for your small business, the most common plan usage is in two areas.

Consultation & advice

You can have unlimited phone consultation with a business lawyer to get questions answered, receive legal advice and make sure you’re making the right moves.


Document review & negotiation

You can have your lawyer review any documents (up to 15 pages each) and even make phone calls and write letters on behalf of your business to resolve disputes with vendors, creditors or customers.

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Starting at $49

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service contracts

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Key features of our Small Business Legal Plans

LegalShield’s business plans can help you in the following areas.


Advice, consultation & research

Legal consultation from a provider lawyer on business legal matters, with legal research for each issue, if needed.


A collection letter from a provider lawyer could help you recoup payments more efficiently.


Put business-related legal documents through legal review.

Letters or
phone calls

Receive help with business legal matters more efficiently with professional communications issued on your behalf.