Contracts for Services

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A contract for services is a contract by which a provider of services agrees to provide a service to a client in exchange for a payment.

For example, it could be a contract with a maintenance company for snow removal from a driveway or a contract with an accountant to prepare financial statements for a business.

Other rules apply if the provider of services is considered to be an itinerant (door-to-door) merchant. Other rules also apply to  certain types of contracts for services:

Before entering into a contract, a cost estimate may be very useful: it gives the client a good idea of the amount she’ll have to pay for the service.

Next, a contract for services can be entered into verbally or in writing. However, it’s a good idea to confirm everything in writing. That way, if there are problems, it will be much easier to prove what the contract says:  type of service, deadlines, price, permission to sub-contract, etc.

Once it is entered into, a contract for services generates rights and responsibilities for both the provider of services and the client.

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.