I have a contract that says contractor will be paid X for providing services, is that per pay period, per month, or for the term of the gig?

  • It depends on whether it says "for the work" versus "every month". What exactly does the contract say?
    – user6726
    Jul 26, 2017 at 16:33
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    Also, where does the term "lump sum" appear?
    – user6726
    Jul 26, 2017 at 16:56
  • The lump sum is in the apendix. There is no explanation on how often it will be paid.
    – person
    Jul 27, 2017 at 4:07

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If the contract says you will be paid X for providing the services, without further elaboration, it contemplates a single lump sum payment.

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    More precisely it means the total payment: the contract or industry practice or law (e.g. building and construction) may mean this will be paid in several progress payments.
    – Dale M
    Jul 26, 2017 at 20:42
  • but the AMBIGUITY goes to the person who wrote the contract in contract law, and made sure the company wrote the contract.
    – person
    Jul 27, 2017 at 4:04
  • i mean didn't write the contract.
    – person
    Jul 27, 2017 at 15:06
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    The contra preferentum rule is not that rigid, and I don't see any ambiguity: a lump sum means a single payment.
    – sjy
    Oct 25, 2017 at 10:58

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