A contract is an exchange of legally enforceable promises. A contract can be anything from formal documents drafted by a lawyer and signed in presence of witnesses to a private handshake agreement. You have a legal right to enforce the promises made within a contract. Our attorneys can help make sure the other side is honoring their promises.
Breach of contract is the most common source of dispute in a business relationship. Whenever a party to contract fails to perform its promises, there has been a breach of contract. Understanding your rights and obligations after a breach is important.
Contract disputes are among the most common challenges faced by business owners. Another party’s breach of contract can disrupt your business and cut into your profit margin. Settlement of disputed claims can help to avoid the expense associated with litigation.
If settlement is appropriate in your case, our attorneys are adept negotiators who will work to mitigate your risk. Settlement, however, may not be an appropriate or viable option for you. If litigation becomes necessary, our lawyers are experienced trial attorneys who are prepared to zealously defend your rights while keeping your overall goals in mind.
For business owners, breach of contract disputes can be emotional issues triggered by an unexpected change in a business relationship. We provide creative legal solutions to help clients solve issues involving contractual obligations. Often, results can be achieved by a properly worded letter or through informal negotiations. From experience, we know that litigation should be a last resort because a lawsuit can strain a professional relationship.
If you operate as a business, it is important to know that the law generally treats businesses differently than mere individuals who sign a contract. The law expects businesses to act in good faith and adhere to certain well-understood business principles. Generally, the terms of the contract will prevail; however, certain terms may not be enforceable if they unfair.
Even if you’re an individual who regularly deals in a certain type of business, you may be treated as a business. For example, the terms of a contract between two people, as individuals, will usually be construed and enforced rather strictly. However, the terms of a contract between business entities can be construed and enforced much more loosely. This means, even if the other side breaches, you may still be required to perform.
It is extremely important that you be well advised before entering a contract, since not being aware of the law can cause you to fail to anticipate eventualities and fail to provide for them. This could end up costing you a great deal. Likewise, if you are already dealing with a breach, our attorneys can help you negotiate the best possible outcome, most advantageous to you or your company.