Do You Need a West Palm Beach Contract Attorney to Draft a Commercial Contract?
Making sure a contract is fair and legally binding takes skill. If you have a one-sided deal, or it contains language that goes against public policy, a court could throw out a portion of it or the entire agreement. When it comes to drafting contracts—especially commercial contracts—you want an experienced West Palm Beach contract attorney who can help.
At the Law Offices of Larry E. Bray, P.A., we have over three decades of business law experience, including drafting contracts. Avoiding contract litigation is essential. The best way to avoid disputes is to have a well-drafted and fair contract from the start. We can help you draft and execute a legally enforceable agreement for all your business needs.
How Contracts Work in Florida
Not all contracts will be legally binding on the parties. For a contract to be validated by the court in the event of a dispute, it must have the following elements:
- An offer and an acceptance;
- Consideration, which is when both parties receive some benefit from the contract; and
- An understanding from both parties that this contract is a legally binding agreement.
While some people make verbal contracts, it’s always better to get it in writing. It’s difficult to enforce an oral agreement unless both sides are willing to stipulate to the terms. Almost all business contracts are written documents that are signed by all involved parties. That is one of the reasons why the document must be accurate and reflect your intentions. If the other party later disputes a portion of the contract, a judge will usually defer to what the contract says.
Types of Contracts We Can Draft
We can draft a wide variety of contracts for all your business needs. Some of the documents we commonly prepare include:
- Sales contracts,
- Real estate documents,
- Lease agreements,
- Employment contracts,
- Non-disclosure agreements,
- Purchasing agreements,
- Non-compete covenants,
- Purchasing agreements,
- Franchise agreements, and
- Letters of intent.
We also routinely review existing business contracts. If need be, we can redraft them or modify them. Before committing to any arrangement by signing it, let us examine the agreement first.
Common Types of Disputes in Florida
Breach of contract is one of the most common types of contract disputes we encounter. Conflicts can occur for many reasons, but it’s usually because the terms are unclear or incomplete. Each side interprets the contract differently, which often ends up with one side not holding up their end of the agreement.
Another common dispute involves non-compete covenants. You can ask your employees to sign them, but they won’t necessarily be upheld in all instances. Many covenants not to compete are overly broad and, therefore, unenforceable. You may be able to get a judge to agree to a reasonable time period and geographical region, but demanding the agreement be ten years or cover the entire state of Florida won’t work in your favor with the court.
Contact a West Palm Beach Contracts Attorney Today
If you need assistance with drafting or reviewing a Florida business agreement, let an experienced West Palm Beach contracts attorney assist you. Contact the Law Offices of Larry E. Bray, P.A. today to schedule an initial consultation.