If you are having trouble with a client, don’t give up just because your contract is an oral one. According to an AIGA poll only 48 percent of designers polled use a contract for every project.However, enforcing oral contracts is outside the scope of this guide. There is no practical reason why some form of contract is not being used for every job.A successful project provides understanding and empathy towards client's needs and circumstances and designing to those needs – which is far more than anything that can be outlined in a contract.Even the best contract cannot cover every last scenario, and nothing can substitute for good personal relationship with your client.In addition, having a contract also helps you to not get screwed. Pay Me." to quote Mike Monteiro's informative video.A proper contract gives you something concrete and binding if you need to get tough with a client. Simply, a contract is an agreement which creates a legally enforceable obligation between the parties.A more detailed description of drafting and using a Letter of Agreement appears later in this guide.
Terms and Conditions usually describe only essential requirements like copyright, right to revisions, payment terms, kill fees and miscellaneous legal terms.The best minds can forget what terms were spoken or if a particular point was covered.Likewise, disputes are much more likely when a contract is oral rather than written.Your oral contract may be valid, a written contract is always best.Even if you have the utmost trust in your client, and you’re their favorite designer, memories fail.