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Be clear with basic terms to avoid contract disputes

A contract dispute can flip the script on a business. It can lead to contentious litigation that results in court-ordered damages that are financially devastating, as well as irreparable harm to a business's reputation. Although it is not always the case, sometimes it is difficult for a business to recover from a breach of contract case.

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On their face, contract disputes seem relatively straightforward. After all, in its most basic terms a contract is nothing more than a legally binding agreement between two parties. Yet, with this basic idea comes a number of nuances that are rife with legal issues. When, exactly, is a contract formed? When is it deemed enforceable? What acts constitute material breach of a contract? Can and should a breach of contract be cured before legal action is taken? What remedies can be sought when breach occurs?

City-parish looking for contract with management company

Contract disputes can arise in a variety of contexts. Breach of contract matters may pertain to an employment contract, a commercial lease, or a standard agreement for the supplying of goods and services in exchange for cash. Regardless of the context, though, contract disputes can be costly, especially to those parties who are found in breach. These parties will face financial penalties as well as damage to their reputation and future business prospects.

Contract dispute? Consider legal assistance

We have discussed the importance of business contracts many times on this blog. These documents can define the way you do business, potentially affecting your business relationships for years to come. For this reason, it is imperative that you take a detailed-oriented approach when negotiating a contract with an eye on the long-term effects the agreement can have for you and your business. If you hastily enter into a contract without fully understanding its terms, or you acquiesce too much during negotiations, then you can find yourself with the short end of the stick. This can cost you and your business significantly.

HBO accused of breach of contract by Michael Jackson's estate

Contracts shape the way that business is carried out. It can set purchase prices and supply amounts, and it can dictate compensation and business duties. These agreements can affect any industry, too. Business, construction, and the entertainment industries can be defined by the terms contained in contracts. This is why those subjecting themselves to these provisions need to be careful that they are protecting themselves and their interests not only in the short-term, but also in the long-term.

Can silence lead to the creation of a contract?

For a contract to be created, there must be an offer and an acceptance of that offer. Usually these two basic principles are easy to spot in practice. For example, a homeowner may offer compensation to a business in exchange for home improvement work to be done within a specified amount of time. What happens, though, when an offer is made and there is no explicit acceptance of it?

Baton Rouge in contract dispute over library construction

Contracts are so ubiquitous in the business world that their importance is often observed as being diminished. This is a mistake, though. These agreements, when executed correctly, are legally enforceable, thereby giving the parties to the agreement to take legal action to ensure they do not lose money or specific performance of contract terms when a breach of contract has occurred. Of course, oftentimes those who are accused of breaching a contract dispute that they have done so, which sets the matter up for negotiation and litigation where the stakes can be quite high for all parties involved.

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