How Can an Attorney Help with Independent Contractor Agreements?

How Can an Attorney Help with Independent Contractor Agreements?

A lot of businesses today make use of independent contractors for various types of projects instead of bringing on employees to work full-time or part-time. This is beneficial for companies because it means they don’t have to bring aboard a new employee for a project that might be short-term. It allows for more flexibility and freedom, which is why a lot of businesses use this option.

However, even though they are not employees, there still needs to be an independent contractor agreement written up. Without one of these agreements, it could mean a lot of problems down the line.

Get an Attorney to Draft or Look Over the Agreement

Independent contractor agreements are legal documents that help to define the relationship between the contractor and the person/company that hires them. The agreement will also include the terms and the expectations for the project, and it ensures that the contractor’s status is legally protected. The agreement is a contract between the contractor and the client.

As such, it needs to be carefully created and detailed. While it is possible to find some standard template contracts, these are not typically recommended. There is a good chance that they won’t contain everything that’s needed and making changes to them could cause a host of other problems. Your needs and requirements are unique whether you are a contractor, or you are hiring one. You need to be sure the contract accommodates both of you.

The best course of action is to work with an attorney. They can create the contract and make sure everything is written correctly and will be binding in case any issues arise.

An Attorney Can Provide Representation If Needed

One of the other ways that an attorney can help when it comes to matters of independent contractor agreements is through representation. Hopefully, you have a quality agreement in the first place and there’s no reason that you would have to go through litigation because of disagreements or confusion over the contract. However, if you do end up in court, it’s always a good idea to have an attorney who can represent you.

Find a Great Attorney Today

You will find that whether you are an independent contractor or you are operating a business that hires them, having an attorney from Bell & Shah can ensure that everyone’s rights are protected and that they are being treated fairly. it’s important that you consult with a knowledgeable Illinois licensing attorney at Bell & Shaw Law, LLC to help address your concerns.

Working with an Independent Contractor

Working with an Independent Contractor

When you own a business or are in charge of making personnel decisions, you can struggle with finding reliable team members who excel in their jobs. Talent management is a field of its own, and many businesses are turning to freelancers to complete projects that would otherwise go incomplete. Working with a freelancer can be an excellent business decision; you get the talent without having to commit to a long-term relationship and without paying expensive benefits. However, you should be prepared and protected before you begin your relationship.

What is an independent contractor?

An independent contractor is not an employee of your business. Instead, the independent contractor is paid for a specific set of services or a specific outcome.

What should my independent contractor agreement feature?

Before committing to working with an independent contractor, it is wise for you to have a formal agreement signed by both parties. The agreement can include any expectations of non-disclosure or highlight a non-compete clause if you find it necessary. Reiterate the independent contractor is not an employee as well.

What about taxes?

Independent contractors are responsible for paying their own taxes, and you do not need to provide an earnings statement for tax purposes unless you have paid the contractor more than $600 over the course of the year.

How should I communicate expectations?

Excellent communication is key to having a successful outcome, and a pleasant relationship with your independent contractor. Be clear with expectations and the scope of work of the project. Set deadlines and include time for edits or feedback before the final project is due. Allow for flexibility, and check in regularly via email or phone call to track progress.

How can I get started?

Before you begin working with an independent contractor, and even before you start searching for an independent contractor, make an appointment with the team at Bell & Shah. We have years of experience working with businesses of all sizes, developing custom contracts and templates that allow for an independent contractor relationship.

Give us a call today to set an appointment to discuss your situation, as well as your goals. We will work to give you the legal tools to meet your goals while protecting your business.

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