How to Write an Agreement in Pages?
An agreement is similar to a contract in the sense that it is a legal document that can be used to validate the partnership between companies and people or parties, provide legal backup if ever things don't go according to plan, and even give the parties a set of rules and guidelines for matters such as budget transactions, rents, and leases. Do remember that though not all agreements have to be written, being able to present an actual document gives you a more solid foundation in court.
Writing an agreement can be tough if you do not have an idea of what you're doing and even more so you there is no available platform you can use. Don't worry though since Apple Pages has got you covered. Available on all Macs, Pages is a word-processing software that allows a person to make easily editable content to get it done quickly. And to even further help you are a few tips and tricks you can apply in your agreement making:
1. It Must be Legally Acceptable
You're going to have to do a bit of research on your state's local constitutions since it can vary depending on where you are, but making sure that your agreement is well-constructed and is utilizing a law to back it up makes it more valid in the eyes of the court should the need to bring an issue there come up. When making your agreement, make sure that all the participants are of legal age, can be easily understood to avoid confusion, and the parties give their full consent to the terms and conditions. Take note that a good agreement can quickly answer this question; "what could the client gain from doing business with me that they can satisfy them, while also providing me with something of an equal price?"
2. Have the Necessary Information
The necessary information includes the names, addresses, emails, contact details, and company addresses of the participants, the offer presented on the agreement, the approval of the party taking the offer, and the values that were exchanged, and lastly the signatures of both parties indicating that they are in full… well… agreement. Check out samples of agreement forms if you want to better understand what information needs to be included and where they should be placed within the document.
3. Record the Transaction
This means to create a complete and detailed narration of what the exchange means, how it shall be done, its effects, whether it's a one-time agreement or is a partnership for a certain amount of time. This can vary from one agreement document to another; SLAs usually need an organized narration of how the service will be provided and the deadlines for payment, while an agreement of lease or agreement for rental may dictate the amount of time the contract lasts and for how much for each period.
4. The Terms and Conditions Must be Fair
The terms and conditions of an agreement dictate how the partnership is to be handled by the parties. All the guidelines, rules, and consequences are found in this section so you must give extra care on this aspect. Making the terms and conditions unfair and more lobbed towards one party, will decrease your credibility as an enterprise and make it hard or even impossible to conduct business transactions with other companies in the future.
When drafting your terms and conditions, try to go from general to specific. You can start with the simple guidelines and rules of any business partnerships such as compliance of deadlines, paying the absolute amount, etc., then you can incorporate the more intricate and more specific provisions that are unique to your transactions and finally wrapping it up with the specific consequences for non-compliance of the terms and conditions.
5. Proofread Before You Print
As always, before you print out any important document, you should take the time to read it and make sure everything is in order. Even just a few short minutes to proofread everything and edit out mistakes such as redundant sentences, ungrammatical words, or spelling errors can save you a lot of time and explaining to do.