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Need help negotiating, drafting or reviewing a contract? Is there a dispute about a contract? We can help! With decades of experience, our contract lawyers have the expertise to represent you and your interests in all manner of contract issues.

The job of a contract lawyer is to help you enter into contracts that move your business forward and protect your interests but don’t put you in a poor legal position down the road.

It is critical that you have an experienced Orlando contract lawyer on your side to both protect your business from getting taken advantage of and to give your company a competitive edge.

Having an experienced contract attorney on your side at the beginning, before you enter  into the agreement will help protect your rights and interests; as-well-as, save time and money if a contract dispute occurs in the future.

Let us put our knowledge and years of experience to work for you in dealing with your contract law matters.

Contracts Are The Foundation of Business

Contracts help build trust between businesses, their partners, their customers, and are behind everything from real estate deals to vendor agreements. Contract law is at the very heart of business operations.

Every day businesses, large and small, enter into implied and expressed contracts. They are the very foundation businesses are built upon. When you enter into an agreement with another business or individual you are depending on them to follow through with their promise.

The reality of business is that, for whatever reason, not everyone follows through with what they say they are going to do. Under Florida contract law both an oral contract and a written contract are considered equally binding and enforceable. However, if the oral contract was ever litigated it may be difficult to prove the specifics of the agreement. A contract should always be in writing.

Without a well written contract clearly outlining what the agreement is, it could be very difficult if not impossible to force the other party to follow through with the original agreement. Not all contacts are written with the best interest of the deal but to give the advantage to one party over the other. Some contracts are simply poorly written using ambiguous language and fail to provide adequate protections.

Understanding what is in a contract, and knowing the negotiated agreement is properly outlined in the contract is just as important as having a written contract.

Our contract lawyers help Orlando clients understand the legal and business implications of a contract as a whole; as-well-as, its terms and conditions.

Contract Law ServicesHow Our Contract Lawyers Can Help You

Contract lawyers convert information about a business deal into legally binding documents, review contracts to make sure they accurately reflect the agreement, and, when necessary,  will litigate disputes of the agreement.

We have decades of experience handling all aspects of contract law from drafting and negotiations to resolving contract disputes and litigating breach of contract lawsuits.

Our team has handled thousands of different contract issues over the years.

We understand how to create contracts that protect your interests, how to modify contracts that have harmful clauses, and how to handle breach of contract issues.

Because we have handled contracts in every stage of formation, in a variety of industries, we know how to avoid traps, resolve the disputes, and will aggressively represent your interests from the negotiating table to the courtroom.

Contract negotiations, drafting, and review services help ensure clients interests and rights are protected prior to entering into a contract. Dispute resolution and breach of contract representation help ensure clients can enforce a contract after the contract has been entered into.

Our Orlando contract lawyers routinely review, negotiate and draft a wide variety of contracts, for clients in a variety of different industries, including but not limited to:

  • Vendor Contract
  • Service Contract
  • Sales and Purchase Agreement
  • Reseller and Distribution Agreement
  • License Agreement
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Real Estate Contract
  • Commercial Lease
  • Equipment Lease
  • Bill of Sale
  • Business Purchase and Sale Agreement
  • Non-Compete Agreement
  • Asset and Stock Purchase Agreement
  • Company Formation Document
  • Operating Agreement
  • Partnership Agreement
  • Employment Contract
  • Independent Contractor Agreement
  • Joint Venture Agreement
  • Franchisee Agreement
  • Founder Agreement
  • Shareholder Agreement
  • Stock Purchase and Sale Agreement
  • Severance Agreement

Business Contract ReviewKnow What You Are Signing Before Signing

Stop! Get that business contract reviewed by a lawyer before you sign it. Know what you are signing before you sign; reducing risk and protecting your interests.

Are you sure you understand the terms and conditions of the contract you are about to sign? Does it really say what you think it does?

Too often businesses, and individuals, lose money, or find themselves in a difficult legal situation because they simply did not understand what the contract actually said.

A good contract lawyer can tell you if a contract is valid, legally binding and enforceable.

The truth of the matter is that often when one party finds themselves on the bad side of a contract dispute it’s because they did not have an attorney review the contract before signing.

When you have an attorney review a contract they will be able to advise on the rights and obligations outlined in the contract as-well-as the consequences of a breach of the agreement.

When a lawyer reviews a contract, they are doing much more than simply reading the document. They carefully analyze the purpose and meaning of each clause.

When we review a contract we are giving you a legal opinion about what the

legal consequences of signing the document will be.

The purpose of a contract review is to make sure your interests are protected and that you are not being taken advantage of. Because contracts are designed to be legally enforceable agreements, it is important to look at a contract from a legal perspective as well as a business perspective.

Having a contract reviewed is one of the best ways a business can avoid signing a legally binding agreement that they later regret.

Our contract review services provide you with valuable information about what the effects of the agreement will be. It goes far beyond simply reading through the different clauses. We explain to you how a court would view each clause and why that may matter to you if the business relationship encounters problems later on.

Contracts Are About More Than the Deal

Businesses enter into contracts as a way to memorialize a deal. Some deals are more complicated than others. But, a contact is often about much more than the negotiated deal. A contract often has clauses that will govern all the aspects of the commercial relationship between the two sides.

The contract may deal with issues such as:

  • What is the interest rate on late payments?
  • What is the protocol for damaged shipments?
  • Can the rights under the contract be sold?
  • When can the agreement be canceled?
  • How can the agreement be amended?
  • How long is the agreement going to be in force?
  • What happens if there is a breach of contract?
  • Where can lawsuits be filed?
  • What happens in the event of a natural disaster?
  • How are damages calculated?
  • Are disputes subject to mandatory arbitration?

All of these issues may touch on the deal the two parties are striking, but the contract is concerned about the legal consequences of everything that could happen during the course of the two sides trying to fulfill the contract. Often businesses haven’t even considered these possibilities because they are focused on getting the deal done and getting back to business. A Florida contract lawyer can help your business avoid a contract that gives the other side too much leverage.

Typically, contracts are not perfectly fair. The contract will usually favor the side that drafted it. When you have an experienced contract lawyer looking over your legal documents before you sign them, you are able to avoid future problems and to push back against terms that make the contract too one-sided.

How a Lawyer Evaluates a Contract

First, your attorney will determine whether or not a contract is valid under Florida Law. Florida contract law stipulates that for a contract to be valid it must contain 4 elements:

  1. An offer: what is the product or service? In what quantity? Or, for what duration? Who is providing or receiving the product or service?
  2. An Acceptance: This can be written or verbal. When you sign a contract you are accepting the offer.
  3. A consideration: In other words something of value must be exchanged for completing the terms of the contract.
  4. It must be legal: The purpose of the contract cannot violate the law.

Additionally, both parties entering into the contract must have the legal capacity to enter into the contract: All parties of a contract must have the mental capacity to understand the agreement they are entering into. Also both parties must have the authority to enter into the contract for a principal of the contract.

Second, once your attorney has determined whether or not a contract is valid they will review the terms and conditions of the contract to make sure they are what your think they are. Finally, how a contract is worded can create intentional and/or unintentional ambiguities that create loopholes or difficult to recognize restrictions. He or she should be able to find those ambiguities and explain the possible risks related to them.

After discussing your motivations for the contract, your understanding of the transaction contained in the contract, as-well-as reviewing the contract for ourselves our contract attorneys will provide an opinion letter which will explain the legal implications of the contract itself as-well-as the terms, conditions, and obligations outlined in the contract. It will also contain recommended changes that we feel are necessary for you to accomplish your objectives and to protect your rights.

Negotiate & Draft Business ContractsWell Written Contracts Protect You And Your Business

Contracts are where business and law come together. They are a way for two sides to formally memorialize their negotiated deal and help build trust between the parties.

Preventing a contract dispute hinges on drafting a valid contract that clearly outlines the agreement in its terms and conditions. At its base form a contract is an outline of the promises negotiated between two or more parties. During those negotiations all parties try to hammer out and address potential problems; creating the terms and conditions of the contract. It is imperative that a contract be written as clearly as possible.

A good contract attorney will be able to draft a contract in such a way that your rights and objectives are protected but the other parties to the contract do not feel uncomfortable signing the document.

It’s all about balancing protecting you without resorting to particularly burdensome language. Writing detrimental clauses or using particularly onerous language can quickly kill a deal.

In one sense a contract is a business document. It will discuss things like prices and delivery timetables, providing a common reference point for the two sides as their commercial relationship grows.

In another sense, a contract is also a legal document. The two sides are making a legally binding agreement. If one side fails to keep its promises, there are legal consequences. The contract must not only memorialize the business agreement, but it must be written in a way that makes the business agreement enforceable in a court of law.

The process of drafting a contract starts before a single word of the agreement is written. The process of preparing any legal document starts with us listening to you. We make sure we understand your business and the deal that you have negotiated. When we are writing a contract we understand that the document must accomplish several different things.

The contract must protect your interests so that if there is an issue later on with the deal, you have the law on your side. The contract must accurately describe the deal and what each side is promising to do. We also are mindful that the contract must be written in a way that the other side will be comfortable signing it so that you can move forward with your business.

Our contract lawyers have written hundreds of contracts for a variety of industries and business situations. No two business transactions are exactly alike. Using a generic form contract, and not one specifically prepared for the transaction and the businesses involved can be risky.

It is during contract disputes, and resulting business litigation, over form contracts that businesses learn how much more expensive it is to try and fix a contract than it would have been to have had one drafted correctly in the first place.

Experienced contract lawyers understand that when drafting a contract for their business clients, they must create a legal document that serves both the business and legal needs of the company.

Contracts Are Where Business and Law Come Together

Contracts are a unique place where you need the law to help you move forward with your business. Contracts are a way for two sides to formally memorialize their negotiated deal. In this sense the contract is a business document. It will discuss things like prices and delivery timetables. It provides a common reference point for the two sides as their commercial relationship grows.

However, the contract is also a legal document. The two sides are making a legally binding agreement. If one side fails to keep its promises there are legal consequences. The contract must not only memorialize the business agreement, but it must be written in a way that makes the business agreement enforceable in a court of law.

Experienced Orlando contract lawyers understand that when drafting a contract for their business clients, they must create a legal document that serves both the business and legal needs of the company. If the contract’s legal protections are too over the top they could interfere with the business purpose of the contract. Without taking care of all the legal requirements for an enforceable contract, the document ends up being nothing more than a memorandum about the proposed agreement.

Resolving Contract Disputes

Your company relies on contracts to keep your business running smoothly. When you have contract disputes with your vendors, suppliers, partners, or customers it keeps you from doing what you do best.

With our years of experience negotiating and drafting contracts and business litigation our lawyers can help you resolve your contract issues as quickly as possible, while still protecting your interests.

Because we understand what it takes to win a trial, we have an advantage when it comes to resolving contract disputes without having to resort to litigation.

We are able to use a variety of tools to help you end your contract dispute and get on with your business.

However, the other side also knows that our contract lawyers will aggressively represent our client’s interests, and are not afraid to go to trial when that is our client’s best option.

You deserve to have a firm in your corner that has a solid understanding of your business realities as well as being experts in contract law. Often, the earlier in the process you involve an attorney, the easier it is to resolve a contract issue out of court.

Common Causes Of Contract Disputes

Vague Contract Terms: Terms that can have alternative interpretations by different parties to the contract can quickly lead to confusion and distrust and can quickly lead to the agreement collapsing.

Changes in Business Viability: If one party to the contract suddenly has a cash flow crisis or some other event that puts their business in danger of failing, they may have trouble honoring their commitments.

Unexpected Situations: When unpredictable circumstances arise. These are usually situations beyond the control of parties that make it difficult to fulfill terms of the contract

Misunderstanding of the Underlying Agreement: When the contract between two parties is an oral contract, or an informal written agreement, it is easy for each side to have a different view of the underlying deal.

Changing Economic Circumstances: Sometimes broad changes in the economic picture can make the contract more onerous to one side, leading to a calculation that it is better to breach the contract.

Belief by One Side That They Can Negotiate a Better Deal:  When  there is a big disparity in bargaining, the more powerful side will try and press for changes to the contract.

We Resolve Breach of Contract Lawsuits

Have you suffered due to, or been accused of, a breach of contract? We can help! Our breach of contract attorneys are capable of successfully negotiating a remedy or litigating the breach.

Our goal is to amicably resolve the issue quickly; while, hopefully avoiding a lengthy and expensive court battle. If all else fails, we can and will aggressively represent you in court, and, if necessary, through an appeal.

A breach of contract is technically a legal conclusion. When one party fails to meet their obligations or duties under a contract they are said to be in breach of contract. Often both sides in a contract dispute will accuse each of being in breach.

If a court rules that there has been a breach of contract, according to Florida contract law, it will also have to make a ruling on the remedy for the breach. Typically the remedy is the payment of monetary damages. However, depending on the circumstances the court has the authority to order other remedies as well.

One of the best things to do when you believe the other side has, or you have been accused of, breach of contract is to contact a contract lawyer that has litigation experience. A breach of contract lawyer can help you understand your options for dealing with the potential breach.

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