Q: I need a subcontractor agreement. Do I need a business lawyer or can I just do one myself with the help of a template?
I live in Illinois. I need this contract to be general for me to use with every subcontractor we hire. We work in the construction industry.
A: You are certainly within your rights to try and draft the agreement you need yourself, but I would strongly caution you to use an attorney. Online templates, even the ones that you pay for, are written in a way to apply to as many situations as possible. Using one is very risky in the event there is a dispute between you and your subcontractor.
On the other hand, using an attorney will help you craft a better contract that's more specifically-tailored to your situation and needs. It will be more protective of you in the event of a dispute and won't include language that can unnecessarily bind you to things that aren't in your interest.
Best of luck.
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