Contracts affect much of our daily lives. This is particularly true in the business world, where contracts govern business formation, transactions, and dissolutions.
No matter what kind of business you’re involved in, you have likely signed or agreed to a number of contracts.
If you are in business in Pensacola, you should seek the advice of an experienced Pensacola contract lawyer.
A contract attorney can assist you in coming up with the terms of the contract, including appropriate language to use, and will ensure that the contract is both valid and agreeable to your interests.
A business contract lawyer can also provide assistance should either party breach the contract. Regardless of your contract needs, hiring a business contract attorney is the best way to protect your business and your interest in that business.
What Is a Contract?
Essentially, a contract is a promise to provide a good or service. Under contract law, five elements must be a present for a contract to be valid. The five elements of a valid contract are:
- Adequate consideration,
- Capacity to enter into a contract, and
- Legal purpose.
Consideration can be a complicated concept to understand. In simple terms, consideration means that the parties involved get something out of the agreement that they’ve agreed to. This usually means an exchange of something of value, which in many cases is financial in nature.
Contracts can be express or implied. Express contracts are typically memorialized in written documents that represent terms agreed to by the parties.
Contracts implied in fact are agreements that are inferred or assumed based on the circumstances. Contracts implied in fact are not written documents signed by the parties. Most business contracts are express contracts.
Contract law involves many more contract-specific rules and regulations and can become extremely complicated. An attorney can help you understand these rules in more detail and how they apply to you.
How Do I Know If a Contract Was Breached?
If either party fails to perform under the contract, i.e., one party failed to pay or another party failed to ship a product, the contract has likely been breached.
There are a number of different rules, and associated exceptions, related to a breach of contract. But essentially, a breach means that the agreement was not honored. The consequences of breaching a contract depend on the circumstances of your case and the contract you signed or agreed to.
Why Should I Consider Hiring a Contract Attorney?
Contract law is state-specific and can be complex. Most rules of contract carry numerous exceptions, depending on the type of contract, the subject matter of the contract, and the manner of acceptance, among other things.
A contract lawyer can help you understand the various standards associated with contract law and help protect your rights and your business interests.
A Pensacola contract attorney will negotiate with the opposing party on your behalf, file written motions, and represent you in court. A business lawyer can mediate with the opposing party in the hopes of settling your case out of court but can also take your case to trial if negotiations are unsuccessful.
How Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Can Help
The attorneys of Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon are Pensacola contract lawyers with years of experience offering high-end business law representation.
We bring extensive knowledge of business transactions, significant litigation experience, and a passion for the law to each and every client we represent. We are a full-service business law firm that can represent you no matter your case.
Contract Legal Services We Provide
Emmanual Sheppard & Condon are Pensacola contract attorneys that provide legal representation on all manner of contract needs, including:
- Contract and legal document review;
- Drafting and contract preparation;
- Contract negotiation;
- Contract litigation and dispute resolution; and
- Breach of contract defense and prosecution.
Whether you need help drafting a contract, negotiating contract terms, or representation in a contract dispute, our business law attorneys can help.
Contract Disputes We Handle
Emmanual Sheppard & Condon is a team of passionate contract lawyers with significant experience providing detailed and efficient representation in all manner of contract disputes.
Our firm has represented individuals and companies in negotiating and litigating the following types of contracts, among many others:
- Service and purchase contracts,
- Independent contractor contracts,
- Employment contracts,
- Noncompete and nondisclosure contracts,
- Construction contracts,
- Partnership contracts,
- Land use, zoning and purchase contracts,
- Loan contracts,
- Corporate disputes,
- Real property,
- Complicated mortgage foreclosures, and
- Commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes.
Business disputes can have a significant and expensive impact on your life. Hire an experienced Pensacola contract lawyer so you can rest assured that your interests are protected and your finances are looked after.
Contact Us Today
Emmanual Sheppard & Condon has been serving the legal needs of Florida communities for 100 years. Our attorneys approach every case with efficiency and integrity.
We care about our clients and our work and strive to provide innovative and individualized solutions for each and every client we represent. Contact us today for a free case consultation.
One of our attorneys will talk through your case with you and determine what we can do to help. If you have questions related to a contract, we have answers.