Having a dispute with a family member or friend is never fun. When disputes over contracts occur In business, it is not only inconvenient, it can be potentially costly. In business, the practice of creating legally binding agreements is a large part of running any business. Purchasing goods, selling goods, and partnering with other companies may be reasons drafting a contract makes sense.
Unfortunately, there are times when the involved parties disagree over the contract’s terms and conditions leading to a dispute. What can you do to avoid contract disputes? Knowing the common problems that arise with contracts can save your business time and money because knowing how to prevent them is priceless.
Common Contract Disputes
- Issues with drafting and reviewing a contract
- Offer and acceptance disputes
- Mistakes and errors concerning the terms of the contract
- Disagreements as to the meaning or definition of a technical term
- Fraud and coercion—there is no “meeting of the minds” if a person is forced or tricked into signing the contract
Common Problems In Business Contract Disputes
- Having a loosely-defined contract: The parties on each side of any contract should enter into the process with terms meeting each of their needs. It is essential that the contract is followed. If a product is not delivered as specified or a service is late, the stipulations of the contract were not followed. When one of the contract’s parties feels threatened, a legal action often soon follows.
- It is important to have reasonable expectations when drafting and signing a business contract.
- Making unrealistic commitments in the contract can lead to expensive lawsuits for your company if you can not meet them.
- Only One Party Drafts the Contract: When one of the parties involved in the contract has little to no input, business disputes can and do occur. A lopsided contract or miscommunication about one party’s ability to perform a specified service are both common causes of business disputes that result in litigation.
- A fair contract requires that both party’s attorneys play a role in drafting and reviewing any contract before it is signed.
- Unexpected Situations: When contracts are involved, expect the unexpected. Employees may become sick, a natural disaster may occur, or other surprises which may make holding specific terms of a contract impossible can leave the parties involved in a contract vulnerable to legal threats.
- Contracts designed for businesses should include contingency clauses in case there is a disaster or another unexpected event.
Remedies for a Breach of Contract
- Compensatory Damages – Payments paid to the non-breaching party to adequately compensate them for any losses.
- Punitive Damages – Payments paid to the non-breaching party that go above and beyond full compensation.
- Nominal Damages – Token awards intended to compensate without actual money being paid.
- Liquidated Damages – A reasonable assessment is made and a portion of the actual damages is compensated.
Paul J. Burkhart
Contact Paul J. Burkhart if you want to learn how to protect yourself and your business from contract disputes and unnecessary litigation or if you require litigation to handle an existing business dispute. Our firm is experienced in labor and employment matters, and dealing with strategies that prevent disputes.
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