Arthur R. Lehman, L.L.C.

Successfully navigating contract disputes

Contracts are commonly used every day in many aspects of business and record the obligations parties have to one another as part of their agreed upon working relationship. At times, working relationships do not go as planned and contract disputes can be challenging for anyone or any company.

Contract disputes can be stressful and costly and can create significant disruption for a business. Contract disputes can occur in a variety of contexts including purchase and sale agreements; service contracts; employment contracts; real estate commission disputes; and in circumstances when the interpretation of the contract is not agreed upon. Contracts for the sale of goods may have different legal implications it is important to also be familiar with.

There are a variety of ways to respond to a contract dispute based on the needs and goals of the parties and there are also methods to help avoid contract disputes when possible that can be visited during the drafting and contract formation process. If a contract dispute does arise, sometimes negotiation is all that is needed to resolve the conflict between the parties but it is important to be familiar with the range of options available for responding to a contract dispute and to know how to protect the interests of the business or party engaged in the dispute.

By understanding how to effectively draft a contract, many contract disputes may be avoided. Effectively managing a contract, and the responsibilities and expectations of the parties to the contract, is equally important and the legal process provides resources for both circumstances to help ensure a contract relationship that allows the parties to focus on the success of the business.

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