Skipping the Risk of Legal Issues
In these days of “I’ll sue,” not only do you need to be clear with clients and stakeholders, but also with your project teams on what is expected of them and what your project management service agreement outlines.
Contract law, in and of itself, is a tricky legal game and it can vary from state to state. Every project management effort needs binding and legal agreements to protect your company against litigation, whether you're dealing with in-house or outsourced project management.
Many project managers do not err on the side of caution, unless they’re in the building and construction industry, and they often make verbal agreements that are unreachable. Often, employee or team theft of confidential or proprietary information is another reason for a client to seek an attorney.
While it’s best to have a contract attorney in your state write your project management services agreement, we have provided this example-only template of a service agreement; it should not be used in lieu of legal advice. To ensure you have full protection from litigation, have your counsel write your service agreement. Keep in mind that you may need to alter your services agreement per project to avoid legal issues resulting from a project you've managed.