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How to make a 12 month contract with a US client if you're from Europe?

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by belgianguy, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. belgianguy

    belgianguy Registered Member

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    I'm european and have a potential seo client from the states. Normally I work with monthly paypal subscriptions, but this company wants a 12 month contract.

    - How do I go about this since I am from Europe?
    - If my client should not honour his side of the contract (meaning: paying me for my services), is there anything I can do about that?

    Thanks!

    Guy
     
  2. tony_d

    tony_d Elite Member

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    Just make the contract as you normally would, and declare the jurisdiction as your country. Then, if you have to apply for a judgment against them to enforce payment, you don't need to deal in the US courts - just file and deal locally. You can send a judgment to the US for registration as an offshore judgment, and have it enforced locally.

    More importantly, though - is it worth it?

    Just make sure they're reasonable people, and make sure to behave reasonably yourself, and you'll be fine. Contracts are a waste of time if either party has, or develops, bad intent.
     
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  3. Reyone

    Reyone Elite Member

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    There is only one answer - Get a lawyer
     
  4. GringoMonkey

    GringoMonkey Regular Member

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    You can sort out a contract, hire a lawyer and do all that and they don't pay anyway, so you then incur extra costs enforcing it.

    But is it worth it? That depends on big is the contract value.

    When I have been in this situation ask them to sign a 12 month contract, which you draft yourself and agree but get them to pay weekly / monthly. That way if they default you have only lost 1 week / month pay. Don't agree to do the work if they want to pay you annually in arrears.
     
  5. liftitbuddy

    liftitbuddy Newbie

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    I should mention I am an attorney in the US... That being said, I would suggest retaining a US based attorney to draft the contract. This would add credibility and potentially act as a deterrent to a potential breach. Best of luck!
     
  6. Alpha.

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    Are you getting your cash on a month to month basis? Then go ahead.
    If they're offering to pay you after the 12 months... Then Nope