In times of stress, communication can get out of whack quickly. It's never been more important to get your agreements in writing, not because you expect the other party is not going to honor their word, but because you need to make sure you both know what the agreement is.
Here are my 10 practical tips for creating a agreement that both of you can agree to.
( 1 ) Get it in writing.
You can technically have an oral agreement and in many cases they are still legal. But memories fade. Save yourself a lot of hassle and get an agreement right at the beginning. The last thing you want to do is try to come up with an agreement when both sides are fighting.
( 2 ) Keep it simple.
You don't need a bunch of legalese to make it legal. Use language you both can understand. Oh, and make sure you number the paragraphs so you can refer back and forth.
( 3 ) Make sure agreement is signed by the right person.
Although technically a representative of a company can make and sign an agreement, it's much easier to make sure you've got the right person and their company title on the agreement. [Read more…]