Using Your Design Contract to Strengthen Client Relationships
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Instructor Wendy Estela, October 25, 2023; 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST. ADAC (Atlanta)
October 25, 2023 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST
ADAC (Atlanta)

Who loves legalese? Nobody, of course. But to nail down the specifics of a project, protect yourself and strengthen your client relationships, an iron-clad design contract is a must. That doesn’t mean it has to be a stuffy, lengthy document overladen with Latin phrases, though. Think of it instead as your secret weapon. 

In this course, attorney Wendy Estela will provide an overview of the key provisions you need in your design contract to ensure you maintain control of your client relationships, get paid on time and avoid disputes and misunderstandings. She’ll teach the necessary basics, including clauses that will protect you in worst-case scenarios and bolster your social media presence to further grow your brand. You’ll also learn how to negotiate with your client up front, which will create a solid foundation for a healthy professional relationship from the start of a project.

In this class, attendees will learn:

- The basics of good design contracts
- Key terms and conditions
- How to talk your client through your design contract
- Negotiation do’s and don’ts
- Ways to identify your “walk away” point—and stick to it

After this class, attendees will have:

- A working checklist for their contracts
- The ability to spot red flags early in the negotiation process

Additional Information:

This in-person workshop is presented by ADAC as part of Get Down to Business, and is free for interior designers and trade professionals.

Wendy Estela is a partner at Aeton Law Partners, LLP, in West Hartford, Connecticut. Drawing from more than 20 years of legal experience, she represents designers across the country, helping them not only write contracts but also plan for growth and long-term success.