Free Consultant Agreement

A contract describing the terms of a consulting relationship between a client and a consultant.

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Suppose you need to hire additional expertise to help you with a particular project or event — it could be anything from a business venture to a wedding/party to a design project. Whether on a short or long-term basis, you have decided to bring in a consultant. Before anything else happens, you need to be sure that the project at hand is clearly defined and laid out with a Consultant Agreement.

Using a Consultant Agreement will help you clarify all the terms of the hiring arrangement and protect both parties from future possible disputes or misuse.

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A consultant agreement is a legally binding document between a client and a consultant that outlines the terms by which the consultant is being hired. 

 

 

Whether you are a business owner or private client, you can use a consultant agreement to hire someone to work on a specific job or project. The agreement outlines the terms of the job and clearly defines the role of the employer and the consultant, and offers legal protection for both parties involved.

A consultant engaged for services under this agreement is not an employee of the Client - he/she is an independent contractor.

Although the independent contractor and employee may functionally act the same, they differ in the following aspects:

  • Payroll Tax Deductions – Employers are responsible for making the appropriate income and social security taxes for employees. Independent contractors are responsible for this themselves. Additionally, a 1099 is used to report payment to an independent contractor, while a W2 is used for employees.

  • Benefits – Independent contractors are not eligible for the benefits offered by the employer to the employee.

  • Workers’ Compensation/ Unemployment Compensation – Unlike employees, independent contractors are not automatically covered by workers’ compensation or other unemployment compensation.

  • Performance and Control – Employers have a great deal of control over their employees’ schedules, work performance and output. In contrast, independent contractors set their own hours and methods for performing assigned tasks.

  • Non-Exclusivity – The employer engages the independent contractor with the knowledge that they may take on other clients and tasks during their relationship.

 

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Once you complete the questionnaire and place your order, it will be available for immediate download in either PDF or Word document from your secure online account including a step-by-step guide on how to use your document. 

 

Generally, a consultant agreement does not need to be notarized – you only need to sign the document to make it legally enforceable. A witness may be helpful if any party attempts to contest the document, but a notary is not necessary.

 

Please Note: The use of a notary ensures that no one challenges any signatures later and is a secure way to firmly establish the effectiveness of your document.