Our Contract Lawyers Are Dedicated to Protecting Your Best Interests
A contract dispute can have serious ramifications on your business.
A contract law attorney from Owens Moss, PLLC can provide representation to protect your interests in contract litigation and help you prevent adverse action in the future.
How do you know if you need a contract lawyer?
A Contract Lawyer Can Handle a Variety of Situations
The main duties of a contract lawyer include creating and revising legal contracts and related documents.
In addition, our contract attorneys may be able to help with:
- Breach of contract
- Conducting depositions
- Contract disputes
- Drafting settlements and contracts
- Intellectual property issues
- Labor and employment issues
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Real estate transactions
- Reviewing and modifying employee manuals
How can a contract law attorney help you?
Our Attorneys Can Defend Your Interests
Protect against Liability Issues
A solid contract can protect you and your company if a dispute occurs in the future. Our attorneys can ensure the protections you need are already in your contract so you can feel secure.
Building proper precautions into your contract can help you avoid long, drawn out litigation costs. By investing in legal assistance upfront, you can often save money down the line.
Achieve a Successful Resolution
Hiring a contract attorney can also help if there is a dispute over an existing contract. We can assist with negotiation, mediation, and litigation to help ensure a successful outcome.
About Contract Law
A contract, written or oral, is an agreement that creates legally enforceable obligations. Federal and state laws specifically define the elements of a legal contract, as well as potential remedies for a breach, or violation of the contractual obligation. A breach of contract can occur in three ways. One party: 1) fails to perform a contractual obligation 2) hinders the other party’s ability to fulfill the contract or 3) repudiates, or declares an intent to decline full or partial performance. One party may allege damages due to a dispute over terms or may accuse the other of a failure to pay, failure to deliver, or a missed deadline.
Simple transactions can often be resolved by the parties, but when the stakes are high, it is prudent to seek professional legal counsel.
Negotiation can remedy a contract dispute, or there may be a lawsuit. A court judge can award damages to cover the losses sustained, which can include lost profits and missed opportunities. Other legal remedies include a court order to fulfill the terms of a disputed contract or to cancel or rewrite the contract. In defense of breach of contract, you can argue that you performed as required or that your failure to perform was justified by the actions of the other party.
Alternatively, the contract may be rendered invalid or unenforceable for a number of reasons. These include:
- Mutual mistake – A mistake was made by both parties, which can void the contract on the grounds that there was no actual meeting of the minds, or valid agreement.
- Inducement by fraud – Fraudulent misrepresentation of a material fact may induce a party to enter a contract that should therefore be declared invalid.
- Duress – A threat or perceived threat induced a party to enter into the contract.
- Undue influence – A party entered into a grossly unfair contract because another person or entity exercised undue control or power over the party or situation.
- Impossibility – An unforeseen circumstance has made performance of a contract impossible.
- Indefinite contract – Essential details were not agreed to, and the contract is merely an intention rather than contractual agreement.
- Estoppel – The other party excused performance of the contract, and is now denying the statement and declaring a breach.
Legal Counsel for Contract Disputes
Contract disputes occur in virtually any type of business and personal endeavor, including mergers and acquisitions, construction, employment, insurance, and procurement. Simple transactions can often be resolved by the parties, but when the stakes are high, it is prudent to seek professional legal counsel.
If you are confronting a contract dispute, our attorneys can help clarify the legal implications and provide effective means for defending your interests. The founders of our firm have decades of experience in negotiation, mediation, and litigation. We are knowledgeable and meticulously thorough, with a reputation for successful resolutions for clients.
The earlier you involve our firm, the better your potential outcome. We also offer corporate services for drafting and negotiating your contractual interests. Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.