A brilliant answer!
Thread poster: Mats Wiman
| even if they don't sign, there is value in doing this. || Apr 15, 2002 |
Jonathan Hine, speaking at the ProZ.com Convention in Tuscany last year, recommended doing just this. He said that many clients will not sign, but having sent an agreement still gives him a basis to follow up with clients. In other words, having put down his understanding of the agreement on paper, he can always reference that. If they choose not to sign it, it can reasonably be expected that they would at least point out the portions they did not agree to.
Sounded like excellent advice to me.
Werner George Patels, M.A., C.Tran.(ATIO)
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| Jonathan was right || Apr 15, 2002 |
This always comes up in small-claims courts: someone suing a business for defective goods or services - a popular one seems to be lawsuits against wedding planners/organizers: the \"injured\" party brings a claim for damages because, for example, they did not get red roses, but lilies instead, or something like that. If the organizer can show that he sent a brochure or any other written documentation of his services and terms to his client (in some cases, even the very existence of a website was considered sufficient documentation), he\'ll be able to use that as evidence in his favour (if it states, in fact, that red roses would not be supplied ).
So, this applies to us too. Yes, send your client your terms. If they refuse to sign it, you\'ll still be able to come back to it later on (at least under US-Anglo law).
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