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.
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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