Increasingly, it's the urgent assignment accepted and done well enough that lands a new client. "We will use you again," the public relations agency in Houston, Texas told me.
Then, the account executive added, "Send a Letter of Agreement, along with a W-9 and voided check for direct deposit." That was a first: the request for a Letter of Agreement. Usually I just sign NDAs (Non-disclosure agreements) which clients provide.
Of course, I didn't ask the client what that was. A few years ago I would have called my lawyer to find that out, if he could put one together for me quickly, and, by the way, how much would that cost.
Now, I just jumped on the Internet. As a goodwill freebie Rocket Lawyer even currently provides a template. I also checked out other examples of types of Letters of Agreement.
Soon enough the deed was done. Part of me felt sorry for B2C lawyers. Another part felt empowered that I could save money attending to my own quasi legal work via the Internet. Given the agita digital causes us non-techies it was payback time. Today I had swung by Staples Easy Tech (I have a service contract) twice and was on the phone with Wi-Fi provider Cox five times.