Contract

Contract for client work.

Summary:

We’ll always do our best to fulfill your needs and meet your expectations, but it’s important to have things written down so that we both know what’s what, who should do what and when, and what will happen if something goes wrong. In this contract you won’t find any complicated legal terms or long passages of unreadable text. We have no desire to trick you into signing something that you might later regret. What we do want is what’s best for both parties, now and in the future.

So, in short:

You (client, located at client address) are hiring us (Meld Development Solutions, Inc., located at 208 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204) to build a web and/or mobile app for you at a rate of rate, as discussed in our previous correspondence.

What do both parties agree to do?

You: You have the authority to enter into this contract on behalf of yourself, your company or your organization. You'll participate in a planning meeting before we start building your project, as well as weekly meetings to review our work and provide feedback. You agree to stick to the payment schedule set out in this contract.

Us: With your guidance, we will write user stories and design wireframes that convey the essence of your app idea. We'll then implement these stories as a web and/or mobile application ("app"). We'll provide estimates for how long each story might take, and if those estimates turn out to be off, we'll let you know as soon as we're aware of it. When we finish a story, we'll send the working app to you for feedback. At the end of each week, we will meet with you to review what we've built, and give you a chance to add, change, and re-prioritize your user stories.

What's not included

Design

Our expertise is in software development, not design. You're welcome to provide us with graphics and styles (in the form of CSS stylesheets); if you don't, we'll select freely available design frameworks to use in your app.

Ongoing costs

Running a web application involves ongoing costs, such as for hosting and external services. You are responsible for these costs both during our engagement and afterwards. We will outline the costs of any service we plan to use before integrating it into your app.

User support

We will support you by developing and improving your app for as long as you retain our services, but we will not provide support to your app's users.

Payments

We’re sure you understand how important it is as a small business that you pay the invoices that we send you promptly. As we’re also sure you’ll want to stay friends, you agree to pay our weekly invoices within 7 days of us sending them to you.

Warranties and liability

We'll work hard to build an app to your satisfaction, but we can’t guarantee that our work will be error-free.

Therefore, we can’t be liable to you or any third party for any damages. To the extent permitted by law, you will be fully responsible for any losses, even if we knew or should have known about them. Our total liability, including for any implied warranties, will be limited to the amount you paid us under this contract.

In legal terms, the app we will be provided "as-is", and to the extent permitted by law, we exclude all warranties.

Legal stuff

This contract is the entire agreement between you and us, and completely replaces any previous agreements.

You can’t transfer this contract to anyone else without our permission.

If it turns out part of this contract isn’t enforceable, you and we will remove that part, and it will not affect the rest of the contract.

If you and we have a dispute, the State of Oregon's laws will apply, except for the conflict of laws rules, and you and we will go to court in Multnomah County, Oregon.

This contract stays in place and need not be renewed. Either of us can end this contract at any time by notifying the other by email.

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