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Thread: overseas clients: how do contracts work?

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    Hi guys, I've got a client in America and I'm from Australia. I have a contract which I'm putting together now. Just wondering how the whole thing works when they are in another country. Do I just email it to them, they print it out, sign their name and then scan it into the computer and then email it back to me?? Sounds awefully complicated. Or should it all be done over snail mail. Should I ship the contract over to them and then they ship it back to me? This is crazy.. If they agree to the terms of the contract over email, is that enough? Could they just email me saying "Yes, I agree to the terms of this contract". Will that be enough if things ever go to court which probably won't happen. It's almost like you need a completely different kind of format for contracts when it's done online.

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    It's been quite a while since I have posted. *gets all excited*

    anyhew...without a doubt do not just simply get to them to agree to it by email - naturally it is important to save all your transpondence (sp?) with your client but there is really know way of knowing *who* sent the email no matter how much they "sound" like the guy you have been talking to.

    There are a couple different things you can do that I can think of:

    1. Fax him over a copy of the sheets and get him to sign them and fax them back.

    2. Secure Fedex the sheets there and back.

    3. Send the contract by email, get him to print it out and sign it then send it back by 1 or 2.

    Although if it ever came to forging the signature a fax copy wouldn't do you any good cause they couldn't see if somebody stopped the pen a lot... I would suggest the email/sign/fedex route...but make sure they don't change the contract - perhaps send in PDF to make it a wee bitharder...

    ciao!

    .aaroncrunchie

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    tell me, is this sellable..... OddDog's Avatar
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    in the contract a clause needs to stipulate with country law aplies to the contract, either aussie or yankie.

    use fedex both ways, kept the reciepts.

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    what about UK/US?

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    tell me, is this sellable..... OddDog's Avatar
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    in any contract were diferent legal systems are involved, the contract MUST state which legal system will be binding to both parties.

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    ... not at all

    Hi,

    if everything works out nicely, it makes no difference whether you just send emails for the contract or whether you ship signed papers via fedex.
    If something does not work out, you may have a nicely signed document - but you would need to get a lawyer and probably pay him ahead of time in order to get the other party to fulfil their part of the contract. Even if your contract says that your law is binding, and a local court decides that the other party has to comply - how can you enforce it?

    Musicman

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