These are the Terms & Conditions referenced in the estimate, agreement, and/or contract for all Summit SEO Design clients. All information in the estimate, agreement, and/or contract is subject the the following terms and conditions:
DEVELOPER / CONSULTANT
The terms of this Agreement expires 30 days after being submitted to Client. If this Agreement expires, Developer/Consultant may modify the Agreement and re-submit it to Client.
Unless specifically stated otherwise in the signed estimate, agreement, and/or contract, a deposit payment of no less that 50% of Cost Detail total, or what is stated explicitly in the Agreement, is due when Client and Developer/Consultant sign and approve scope of work and begin the project or agreement. Payment of remaining balance is due when final invoice is received by Client upon project completion. All invoices are payable within 10 days of receipt unless stated otherwise in the estimate, agreement, and/or contract. Invoices shall list any expenses and additional costs as separate items.
The greater of $50, a monthly service fee of 1.5 percent, or the maximum allowed by law, is payable on all overdue balances. All grants of any license to use or transfer ownership of any intellectual property rights under this Agreement are conditioned on full payment, including all outstanding Additional Costs, Expenses, Fees, or any other charges.
CHANGES TO PROJECT SCOPE
If Client wants to change the Scope of Work after acceptance of this Agreement, Client shall send Developer/Consultant a written Change Order describing the requested changes in detail. Within 2 days of receiving a Change Order, Developer/Consultant will respond with a statement proposing Developer/Consultants availability, additional fees, changes to delivery dates, and any modification to the Terms and Conditions. Developer/Consultant will evaluate each Change Order at its standard rate and charges. Client will be billed on a time and materials basis at Developer/Consultants hourly rate of $125 per hour. Such charges shall be in addition to all other amount payable under this Agreement, despite any maximum budget, contract price or final price identified. Developer/Consultant may extend or modify any delivery schedule or deadlines in the Agreement as may be required by such changes. Client will have 2 days to respond in writing accepting or rejecting the new proposal. If Client rejects the proposal, Developer/Consultant will not be obligated to perform any services beyond those in the original Agreement.
For all development projects, or contracts in which web development is an agreed upon scope of deliverables, or retainer services in which web development is agreed upon scope of deliverables client agrees to pay for the installation, use, and activation of certain technologies purchased under a developers license from the Developer. These fees will be added into the cost of the project and not be itemized. If the Client has an ongoing relationship with the Developer in the way of retainer services or ongoing project engagements, the licenses will remain active. If the Client terminates services or chooses not to renew services, all developer licenses and access to updates will be disconnected at the discretion of the Developer. Site documentation for each site will state which licenses and services were being paid for as part of retainer services or project services and will be the responsibility of the Client to repurchase and re-active services under a separate license each of the services and will not hold Summit SEO Design responsible for any downtime, profit loss, or damages due to a non functioning website related to issues of developer licensing deactivation upon termination of services.
Client shall use all reasonable efforts to provide needed information, materials, approvals and any other obligation listed in Client Obligations. Any delay by Client will result in a day-for-day extension of the due date for all Deliverables. Any delay caused be conditions beyond the reasonable control of the parties shall not be considered a breach and will result in a day-for-day extension of the due date for all Deliverables. Each party shall use reasonable efforts to notify the other party, in writing, of a delay. Conditions beyond the reasonable control of the parties include, but are not limited to, natural disasters, acts of government after the date of agreement, power failure, fire, flood, acts of God, labor disputes, riots, acts of war, terrorism and epidemics.
Excessive delays and/or non compliance or delivery of any items listed under Client Obligations may be considered a breach of contract and additional fees may be applied or contract terminated.
EVALUATION AND ACCEPTANCE
Client shall, within 2 business days after receiving each Deliverable, notify Developer/Consultant in writing of any failure to comply with the specification of the Project Proposal/Agreement or of any other objections, corrections or changes required. Developer/Consultant shall, within 2 business days of receiving Clients notification, correct and submit a revised Deliverable to Client. Client shall, within 2 business days of receiving a revised Deliverable, either approve the corrected version or Developer/Consultant will open the discussion for scope reevaluation.
Client agrees to pay Developer/Consultant the fees listed in the Cost Detail/Agreement, including all taxes. Client will pay Developer/Consultant expenses, including but not limited to: (a) Incidental and out-of-pocket expenses at cost plus Developer/Consultants standard markup of 5%; (b) Mileage reimbursement, other than normal commuting, at $.56 per mile; (c)Travel expenses, other than normal commuting, but including airfare and rental vehicles, with client approval. Pricing in the Project Proposal includes only Developer/Consultant fees. Any other costs, such as hosting, art licensing or photography, will be billed to Client separately.
PAYMENT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ONGOING SERVICES
Upon completion of the initial web design and SEO services, the Client agrees to assume responsibility for all ongoing costs related to these services, including but not limited to domain registration, web hosting, SEO tools, maintenance costs, or any other service subscriptions. The Client agrees to provide their payment method information and authorize the transfer of these ongoing service charges to their preferred payment method prior to the conclusion of our engagement.
If the Client fails to update their payment method and as a result, the service charge is applied to Summit SEO Design’s account, the Client will be responsible for reimbursing Summit SEO Design for the full amount of the charge, plus an additional fee of $30 and 20% of the charge to cover administrative costs.
Failure to provide this information may result in disruption to these services. Summit SEO Design is not responsible for any service disruption or losses arising from the Client’s failure to assume responsibility for these ongoing costs.
ACCREDITATION AND PROMOTION
Developer/Consultant shall be entitled to place accreditation, as a hyperlink, in the form, size and location as incorporated by Designer in the Deliverables on each page of the Final Deliverables. Developer/Consultant retains the right to reproduce, publish and display the Deliverables in Developer/Consultant’s portfolios and websites, in galleries, design periodicals and other media or exhibits for the purposes of recognition of creative excellence or professional advancement, and to be credited with authorship of the Deliverables in connection with such uses.
All material considered confidential by either party shall be designated as confidential. Confidential Information shall not be disclosed to third parties and shall only used as needed to perform this Agreement. Confidential Information shall not include any information that is already known by the recipient, becomes publicly known through no fault of the recipient, or is received from a third party without a restriction on disclosure.
RELATIONSHIP OF THE PARTIES
Developer/Consultant is an independent contractor. Developer/Consultant shall determine, in its sole discretion, the manner and means by which the Services are accomplished. No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employee-employer relationship is intended or created by this Agreement. Neither party is authorized to act as agent or bind the other party except as expressly stated in this Agreement. Developer/Consultant and the work product or Deliverables prepared by Developer/Consultant shall not be deemed a work for hire as defined under Copyright Law. All rights granted to Client are contractual in nature and are expressly defined by this Agreement.
REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
Client represents and warrants to Developer/Consultant that to the best of Client’s knowledge, use of the Client Content does not infringe the rights of any third party. Developer/Consultant represents and warranty to Client that to the best of Developer/Consultant’s knowledge, the Deliverables will not violate the rights of any third parties.
EXCEPT FOR THE EXPRESS REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES STATED IN THIS AGREEMENT, Developer/Consultant MAKES NO WARRANTIES WHATSOEVER. Developer/Consultant EXPLICITLY DISCLAIMS ANY OTHER WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS OR GOVERNMENT RULES OR REGULATIONS APPLICABLE TO THE PROJECT.
INDEMNIFICATION AND LIABILITY
Client shall indemnify Developer/Consultant from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, losses, expenses or attorney fees arising out of any claim, demand, or action by a third party due to materials included in Deliverables at the request of the Client.
THE SERVICES AND THE WORK PRODUCT OF Developer/Consultant ARE SOLD “AS IS.” IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, THE MAXIMUM LIABILITY OF Developer/Consultant, ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, DESIGN AGENTS AND AFFILIATES (“Developer/Consultant PARTIES”), TO CLIENT FOR DAMAGES FOR ANY AND ALL CAUSES WHATSOEVER, AND CLIENT’S MAXIMUM REMEDY, REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE NET PROFIT OF Developer/Consultant. IN NO EVENT SHALL Developer/Consultant BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST DATA OR CONTENT, LOST PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION OR FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE MATERIALS OR THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY
Developer/Consultant, EVEN IF Developer/Consultant HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND NOTWITHSTANDING THE FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY.
TERM AND TERMINATION
This agreement shall begin when both parties sign and shall continue until all Services are complete and delivered, or until the Agreement is Terminated. Either party may terminate this agreement at any time, on 1 days prior written notice if the other party breaches any of its material responsibilities or obligations under this Agreement and fails to cure that breach during that 1 day period. Either party may terminate this agreement at any time, on written notice to the other party, if the other party ceases to conduct business in its normal course; makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors; is liquidated or otherwise dissolved; becomes insolvent; files a petition in bankruptcy; or a receiver, trustee, or custodian is appointed for it. In the event of termination, Client shall pay Developer/Consultant for the Services performed through the date of termination in the amount of a prorated portion of the fees due. Client shall pay all Expenses, Fees, and Additional Costs incurred through the date of termination.
MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS – FEES; LIMITATIONS ON REFUNDS AND CANCELLATION FEES
Client agrees to pay Developer/Consultant any and all fee(s) as billed in accordance with this Agreement. The fee(s) must be received prior to the start of any Maintenance Services. THE CLIENT FURTHER AGREES THAT, IN THE EVENT OF ANY TERMINATION OF THIS AGREEMENT BY CLIENT, NO REFUNDS SHALL BE GIVEN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER. THE CLIENT FURTHER AGREES TO PAY UPON CANCELLATION THE AMOUNT OF ANY CANCELLATION FEES OR OTHER AMOUNTS DUE TO Developer/Consultant AS PROVIDED IN THE AGREEMENT INCLUDING OUTSTANDING AGREEMENT AMOUNTS THROUGH THE TERM OF THE AGREEMENT. Developer/Consultant IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO CHARGE CLIENT’S CREDIT CARD ACCOUNT OR OTHER PAYMENT MECHANISM FOR ANY AMOUNTS OWED FROM TIME TO TIME BY CLIENT TO Developer/Consultant.
Developer/Consultant grants to Client a non-exclusive, perpetual and worldwide license to use and display the Final Deliverables in accordance with this Agreement. The rights granted to Client are for use of the Final Deliverables in its original form only. Client may not change, create derivative works or extract portions of the Final Deliverables.
Developer/Consultant retains all rights in and to all Preliminary Works. Client shall return all Preliminary Works to Developer/Consultant within thirty (30) days of completion of the Services. All Developer/Consultant Tools are and shall remain the exclusive property of Developer/Consultant. Developer/Consultant grants Client a nonexclusive, nontransferable, perpetual, worldwide license to use the Developer/Consultant Tools solely to the extent necessary with the Final Deliverables for the Project.
During the first 2 weeks following expiration of this Agreement, Developer/Consultant shall provide up to 1 hour of Support Services at no additional cost to Client. Support Services means commercially reasonable technical support and assistance to maintain and update the Deliverables, including correcting any errors or Deficiencies. Requests for additional support will be billed on a time and materials basis at Developer/Consultants standard rate. The services in the Warranty Period and do not include enhancements to the Project or other services outside the scope of the Proposal.
Alteration of any Deliverable is prohibited without the express permission of Developer/Consultant. Developer/Consultant will be given the first opportunity to make the required alterations. Unauthorized alterations shall constitute additional use and will be billed accordingly.
Parties agree to attempt to resolve any dispute by negotiation between the parties. If parties are unable to resolve the dispute by negotiation, either party may start mediation and/or binding arbitration in a forum mutually agreed to by the parties. The prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its attorneys’ fees and costs in any dispute resolved by binding arbitration or litigation.
Modifications to this Agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties. Failure by either party to enforce any right or seek to remedy any breach under this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of such rights nor shall a waiver by either party of default in one or more instances be construed as constituting a continuing waiver or as a waiver of any other breach. All notices under this Agreement shall be given in writing either by: (a) Fax or Email, with return confirmation of receipt; (b) Certified or Registered mail, with return receipt requested. Notice will be effective when received, or in the case of email or fax, on confirmation of receipt. Rights or obligations under this Agreement shall not be transferred, assigned or encumbered without the prior written consent of the other party. This Agreement shall be governed by the law of Nevada. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect. Where possible the invalid or unenforceable provision shall be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law. Headings and numbering used in this Agreement are for convenience and reference only and shall not affect the scope, meaning, intent or interpretation of this Agreement, and shall not have any legal effect. This Agreement is the entire understanding of the parties and supersedes all prior understandings and documents relating to the subject matter of this Agreement.