Three tips on contracts within your studio.
1. Never sign a contract and mail it to your prospect. Main an unsigned contract, sign it after they return it with a signiture and payment, and return a copy to them. They can hold you liable with a signed contract in hand, even if you never see the contract after mailing it out to the prospect.
2. If your contract is multiple pages long, make sure your clients and you initial each page, including a price list.
3. Never send a contract out as a Word document. Your client can easily change the words. Instead, mail a hard copy, or convert your contract to a PDF file using Adobe Acrobat.