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hi I am going to have an agreement with web developer to develop

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I am going to have an agreement with web developer to develop a website- I will pay him in increments( milestones)
How do i protect myself if he has all the work to date and we have a falling out ?
Thanks
These contracts are difficult because of the fact the web designer has all of the code and work in their possession. The only thing you can do is write in the contract that he must turn over all work to you as it is completed and as you pay the milestone payments and failure to do so would be grounds for breach of contract. You would also have a clause in the contract to make any breaching party liable for all costs and attorney's fees in the event legal action has be filed for the breach. I am afraid this is the best you can do UNLESS you want to hire the designer on as an actual employee of your company and pay him hourly or salary and have him completely under your control along with his work and then you can have the work done directly on your own computer equipment to retain the work.

I am afraid these are really your only two alternatives in these cases for protection other than making sure you hire a reputable web designer with good references.


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