Before you sign any contract, be sure you know the details. If you do not know the details or if you are unclear about what a term or condition may mean, you should immediately call a lawyer to have it reviewed. Having a lawyer review a contract, before you sign, is beneficial for a number of reasons:
1. Contract review and editing fees are relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to what could happen if you decide to breach a contract you have signed.
2. It is not easy to get out of a contract once you commit. When you agree to the contract, the law presumes that you know what you are signing. When you only later raise the issue that you did not read the contract, you may be facing an uphill battle.
3. Many contracts are negotiable as to their terms and conditions. When I perform a contract review, I suggest and negotiate favorable terms for you, in addition to explaining the terms and conditions.
Whether you are a small business or an individual, you should always have a contract with people with whom you are conducting business. However, not just any contract will do. You should not, under any circumstances, randomly select a form contract off the internet and use it thinking it will protect your rights. It most likely will not, and depending on the circumstances, it may actually harm you.
When I draft contracts, I meet with clients, become informed of the specific tasks you want the contract to perform, and tailor such a contract for your needs. Most contracts can be drafted for a very reasonable fee, and afterward I will sit down with you to explain how the contract should be used, executed, and what rights you will have if there is a breach of the contract. I have drafted all sorts of contracts, including leases, security agreements, and purchase agreements. Do not try to draft a contract on your own. Be secure in your rights and let me assist you.
If a dispute arises between you and the other contracting party or parties, you should immediately consult with an attorney. For many contract cases, I have been able to negotiate settlements out of court if a party reaches me early on in the dispute. For others, it is sometimes necessary to take the matter before a judge. If you have a contract dispute with another person, give me a call. I have litigated all kinds of contracts, including credit card contracts, construction contracts, real estate contracts, leases, domestic contracts, employment contracts, automobile purchase contracts, camping trailer contracts, and others. If you want to file a lawsuit on a contract or if you have been sued, call my office to schedule a consultation, and I will find the best solution for you.