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Agreements for all your contract work.

Take control of your critical contractor relationships with a custom drafted Independent Contractor Agreement.

$480 for Basic — $960 for Complex

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Legal protection for both parties.

Independent Contractor Agreements define the terms between a business and an external contractor. Sometimes referred to as Service Agreements, they are essential for a successful contractor relationship.

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Why get an Independent Contractor Agreement?

1. Make it official.

Drafted custom for your situation, formalize all the nuances of your unique business relationships in writing. No more he said she said — a properly drafted Agreement protects both parties.

2. Secure your future.

Mitigate unforeseen changes by setting expectations upfront and clearly stating the consequences for breaching the Agreement.

3. Fast. Simple. Effective.

Good Lawyers are experts in contract law and they want to help your business grow. You can be confident that they will design Agreements that will support your goals.

What's covered in an Independent Contractor Agreement?

First, have a kick-off call with your lawyer to discuss your business and your contractor relationship. Your lawyer will let you know whether you should use a Basic or Complex Agreement. Learn more about the differences on the Info Sheet below.

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Your Independent Contractor Agreement

1. Define the relationship

Clearly state what each party is committing to and establish what the consequences will be if someone doesn't meet their terms.

2. Separate contractors from employees

Treating contractors as employees (and vice versa) can bring legal problems down the road. It's imperative that your Agreement follows the letter of the law.

3. Tailored to your business

Get a contract that's legally valid and serves your business goals. Avoid the risks of using a generic contract that leaves you exposed.

How do Independent Contractor Agreements work?

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1. Book a kick-off call

Pick a time to discuss your Agreement with a lawyer.

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2. Design your agreement

Learn exactly what you need, and get it drafted by a professional.

3. Receive your agreement

Get a digital copy ready to be shared and signed.

Get an Independent Contractor Agreement

Take control of your business relationships with a rock solid, fully customized contract.

Frequently asked questions

Will I be able to communicate with my lawyer after the kickoff call?

Yes, absolutely. You can use the Goodlawyer platform to send messages and files. If substantially more communication is needed, your lawyer may request another call.

What's the difference between a Basic and Complex Independent Contractor Agreement?

A Basic Agreement is suitable for contractors providing simple, non-essential services that pose a low risk of liability to either party. They may cover:

  • Description of work, deliverables, and deadlines
  • Simple compensation structure
  • Fixed-term agreements
  • Contractor controls the work, schedule, location, tools, deductions, and tax
  • Standard termination procedures
  • Confidentiality/non-disclosure provisions

A Complex Agreement is suitable for contractors providing complex, essential services that may pose a higher risk of liability to the hiring party. They may include (among other things):

  • Indefinite-term or project-based contracts
  • Hiring party controls the work, schedule, location, tools, deductions, and tax
  • Extensive contractor representations or warranties
  • Use of sub-contractors
  • Complex compensation structures
  • Invoice dispute procedures
  • Complex termination procedures
  • Insurance requirements

What if I need more than one Independent Contractor Agreement?

This service will only cover the creation of one Independent Contractor Agreement. If the agreement is intended to cover various types of services and used repeatedly, you’d be better suited getting a Master Services Agreement with a Statement of Work template document. Any time new work is requested, the parties in the agreement will issue a Statement of Work setting out the specific work to be completed, and which work shall be governed by the terms of the Master Services Agreement. This would have additional costs, but is generally a better strategy for businesses who regularly hire independent contractors. Your lawyer will let you know if a Master Services Agreement is better for your situation.

When should I use an Independent Contractor Agreement?

You need an Independent Contractor Agreement if your company is looking to retain the services of an independent contractor for an indefinite period of time, but you want to make sure that they are not considered an employee of your company. This is an important distinction.

What’s the difference between an Independent Contractor Agreement and an Employment Agreement?

Employment Agreements and Independent Contractor Agreements might seem similar on the surface, but they are very different in the eyes of the law. Independent Contractor Agreements are used to hire a service provider or independent contractor for an indefinite period of time and/or scope of work, whereas Employment Agreements are used to hire employees. If you aren’t sure, your lawyer will be able to clearly identify and draft whichever agreement you need. Learn more about Employment Agreements.

Is there a difference between an Independent Contractor Agreement and a Service Agreement?

Not really. You can book and Independent Contractor Agreement whether you're a contractor or the hiring party. It might affect which complexity level your contract needs to be, however.

If you're looking for a Master Service Agreement with a Statement of Work to govern all of your longterm service relationships, learn more here.

What’s the difference between an independent contractor and an employee?

Independent contractors are typically described as “self-employed” meaning they run their own business. It’s important to know the difference between the two because employees have different rights, and employers also have different responsibilities such as income tax deductions and employment insurance contributions. Some signs that you are an independent contractor are if you provide your own tools for the job, you have your own office/studio/workshop, you pay your own income tax, and there are no benefits or probationary periods involved in your deals, just to list a few.

What file format will the Independent Contractor Agreement be in?

Independent Contractor Agreements are generally delivered as a PDF so that they can be easily shared, printed, and signed. They can also be delivered as a Word document. If that’s something you’re interested in, make sure you mention it to your lawyer.

Why not use a free template found on the internet?

Independent Contractor Agreements govern very specific relationships between very specific parties and online templates rarely hold up when they’re tested. Some common issues are contracts that are written in America, contracts that were drafted for different industries or contracts that are now out of date based on recent judicial decisions.

Do I need a lawyer in my province?

Generally, no, you don’t need a local lawyer to draft an Independent Contractor Agreement. Independent Contractor Agreements are standard and apply across the whole country. If your industry has intense provincial regulations and your lawyer isn’t comfortable drafting your Agreement, they will let you know and Goodlawyer will set you up with another lawyer who can help.

Are there any resources to help me improve my business?

Yes! We have an extensive library of small business resources ranging from templates, small business tips and tricks, business law, contract law and intellectual property. Check out our blog

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