I'm not really into Legalese and so I want to know if you need a lawyer to draft one for you, or you can simply copy thousands of templates on the Web and tweak it for your own? I just think hiring a lawyer is costly, especially if you're new to freelancing.
asked Jun 14 '11 at 06:46
No, you don't need a lawyer to draft a contract but you'll definitely need a template to help you start writing a contract. Although in states like NYC where verbal agreement is considered binding, it will be safer to have everything written in fine print. You need to know the basics of a freelance contract and there are plenty of samples online which you can tweak for your own, depending on the requirements of the project. Just make sure that both parties agree and sign on it - to protect both yours and your client's interest. Yes, hiring a lawyer can be costly and it is advisable to do so when you're dealing with big projects with complicated requirements. Good Luck!
answered Jun 21 '11 at 09:45