I want a contract written that stipulates that one party agrees to provide a service, and the other party agrees to pay for said service.

What kind of lawyer should I seek to help me with this? Most lawyers seem to specialize in a certain field. Is there a specific field that deals with this?

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    The nature of the service will likely determine this. For instance if the service is employment, you'd want an employment lawyer. If the service is a corporate transaction, you'd want a transactional or corporate attorney, etc.
    – Pat W.
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 13:20
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    In some cases, it might be reasonable and natural to write your own contract. Check your local laws, but in many places it's perfectly legal to write contracts to which you will be a party. Of course, that doesn't help if you feel you need assistance in writing this particular contract, but I wanted to point this out in case you thought you had to have a lawyer do it for you.
    – Patrick87
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 14:13
  • @Patrick87 Overwhelmingly we write our own contracts; imagine having to hire a lawyer every time you wanted to buy groceries.
    – Dale M
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 19:35

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The general term for such counsel would be "business lawyers". Writing contracts is one of their many duties and where they recognize the hazards and potential vagaries at the periphery of their expertise, they may opt to join a better-qualified co-counsel to assist.

For instance, contracts for hiring free-lance writers or photographers may involve complicated legal analysis of copyright ownership, better addressed by seasoned intellectual property counsel.

Even as a former corporate attorney, I would likely retain personal counsel to at least review, if not draft, any important contract involving myself. That way, were anything to "go wrong" in the execution, there would (in theory) be another attorney responsible for it.

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