Our Seattle Contract Lawyer Can Make a Big Difference for Your Company

Contracts are essential, and our Seattle contract lawyer can put them to work for your business. They create expectations and inform parties of their responsibilities. It would be nearly impossible to grow your business without using contracts with those you rely upon, whether they’re customers, suppliers, contractors, or employees. Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess can help you leverage the power of contracts to help you reach your goals.

Many business owners may be reluctant to use contracts because they fear the worst: page after page of difficult-to-understand legalese that may take weeks to negotiate. Our Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess contract attorney won’t “over lawyer” your contracts. Our Seattle contracts attorneys balance the need to protect you with making issues as simple as possible. Contracts we draft won’t be too complex to enforce or tie up the parties in language only lawyers would love.

Call our team for help drafting your contracts today us at 206-621-1110.

Our Contract Attorney Can Craft a Document That’s Valid and Enforceable

A contract is a legally binding agreement between two parties. Generally, a contract requires three facts:

  1. An offer
  2. An acceptance of that offer
  3. An exchange of consideration (something of value, usually a product or service exchanged for money) between the parties.

While these are the minimal requirements to create a contract, depending on the situation, there may be other legal requirements and state regulations that an agreement must meet to be legally binding and enforceable.

Virtually all agreements entered into in a business setting are contracts. Common business contracts include commercial leases, employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, purchase orders, and releases. The quality of these documents can have a profound effect on the health of your business, so contract lawyers can be a valuable part of the professional team supporting your company.

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Our Seattle Contracts Attorney Can Help Your Business

Contracts are tools that can help your business run more efficiently and effectively. They are legal documents that could improve every relationship your business has. They could also give you options when a party doesn’t live up to its obligations or the relationship ends in a way that damages your interests.

There are many benefits to using contracts as part of your business:

  • Improve your bottom line: The services or products you contract for should cut your costs, provide you with new opportunities, enable you to focus on what you do best, provide you with critical supplies or components, and increase your revenue
  • Properly worded and executed contracts are legally binding: In case the other party is unwilling to uphold the agreement, with the help of an attorney you may recover your losses and be made whole financially. The legal system provides some assurance that the risk you take by entering into a contract will be mitigated by contract laws developed over centuries
  • Limits misunderstandings: Each party proposes their terms and conditions, what they want from the relationship, and what they’re willing to do to maintain it. By the end of the negotiations, both sides should understand each other’s goals and expectations
  • Details: Depending on the issues, there may be many details. The process may force you to think about a problem or situation in more detail, resulting in a better understanding than you would have if no contract were written. These details can include binding performance time frames and methods of payment
  • A sense of security: Clarity in what each side will do and trusting the other party to act in good faith gives both sides a sense of security. This confidence can allow you to plan or turn your energies to other issues that need your attention
  • Better record keeping: Your business may do a better job with record keeping knowing there are financial and legal obligations on the line. You need to keep track of what you’re doing if the other party accuses you of breaching the agreement. You’ll also keep a close eye on the other party to see if they’re keeping their end of the bargain

Why Hire Our Contract Lawyers to Draft or Review a Contract?

Contracts can cover highly complicated issues.

  • Do the parties want to settle any potential dispute in arbitration?
  • What would happen if more than one party is involved in a transaction or a potential insurance claim?
  • What happens to your company if the other party is sued for actions arising out of the contract?
  • You want to sell your company. Potential buyers reviewing your financial records must not use that information if they decide not to buy it. What are the consequences if they breach the agreement?

Given the immense role that contracts play in the corporate/business setting, the possibility of problems is endless. If you are about to enter into an important contract, engage an experienced business law firm to draft or review it for you.

Don’t put your future financial security at risk. Hire Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess contract lawyers in Seattle because we have decades of experience. Let us put our expertise to work for you. Call us now at 206-621-1110 for a free 15-minute consultation.

Our Contract Lawyers in Seattle Protect Your Interests if a Contract is not Fulfilled

Each party must do its best to perform its specific contracted duties. That performance fulfills their obligations, though a failure to perform may be excused depending on the facts of the case.

Performing your duties fulfills your contractual obligations. A breach arises when anything other than the promised performance occurs, but not every breach entitles you to go to court to void the contract or force the other party to give you everything you want.

A technical breach of a contract is something minor that doesn’t derail the agreement’s purpose, though it may be irritating or increase costs. The breach must be material. It goes to the heart of the contract; the breach irreparably breaks it and defeats the contract’s purpose.

A breach is probably not material if:

  • The breaching party can pay some money or make a reasonable effort to make the other party whole.
  • The contract involves many actions by a party and most of them are completed.
  • The breaching party acted in good faith and acted reasonably to live up to its obligations.
  • “Material breach” is defined in part of the contract and the situation doesn’t meet the definition. This could be a failure to make payments, maintain insurance, achieve certain goals, or time delays beyond a certain point.

A valid contract need not be in writing. As long as the requirements for a contract are met, you could be bound by an oral agreement. Thinking you can breach an oral contract without consequences would be a mistake.

Why Hire Our Contract Attorneys in Seattle If the Agreement May Have Been Breached?

Whether you believe the other party to the contract breached it or you’re the one accused of breaking the contract, there’s too much at stake to go it alone.

  • If you’re accused of the breach, the other party could seek all the benefits it would have earned if the contract were entirely performed. That could be a substantial amount of money that you can’t afford to pay.
  • If it appears the other side is breaching the agreement, it may wipe out all the value you hoped to gain from the contract and could cost you more. If the party is violating the contract and using your intellectual property for its gain to set up a competitor, it may put you out of business.

You may have many legal defenses to the claim, or facts we find may strongly bolster the case against the other side. Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess contract attorneys in Seattle are skilled negotiators who may work out a solution acceptable to both parties. If that fails, taking the dispute to mediation or arbitration may be in your interests. We can also litigate the case for you, compellingly give the facts, and make effective arguments about why the case should go your way.

Our Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess Contract Lawyer May Be the Right One for You and Your Business

Our firm provides critical help to our clients every step of the way. We counsel clients considering entering into a contract and review contracts others offer them. Our attorneys negotiate contract language and get engaged when disputes arise between parties. Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess attorneys are knowledgeable, experienced, and give you the personal service you deserve.

Call our Seattle contract lawyer at 206-621-1110 or contact us online to set up a consultation.

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Attorney Robert DicksonThe core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners. His is a practical approach to law, which strives to balance the need for a successful legal outcome with a client’s financial goals (or constraints). Outside of his private practice, Rob serves as an adjunct professor at the Seattle University School of Law where he teaches real estate litigation. [ Attorney Bio ]

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