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Greenwich commercial and business law attorney

If you are in the process of becoming a business owner, you may have an overwhelming number of tasks ahead of you. You will need to decide on a business structure, choose whether or not to share ownership with business partners, develop a business plan, and much more. One matter that you may also be considering is whether or not to hire a business lawyer. If you are like most entrepreneurs, you are probably looking to reduce costs wherever possible. You may assume that a business lawyer is only necessary if you are being sued or have other urgent legal matters. However, retaining an experienced legal representative from the very beginning of your journey into business ownership may help you save a significant amount of time, money, and frustration.

A Poorly Written Contract Can Be Disastrous for Your Company

An entrepreneur’s skill set and that of an attorney are often vastly different. Entrepreneurs and business owners are often creative, abstract thinkers who look at the “big picture” instead of focusing on small details. Lawyers, on the other hand, are trained to scour business contracts and other important documents for even the tiniest mistakes that could cause problems for their clients. Having a lawyer assist you in drafting or reviewing contracts such as purchase agreements, nondisclosure agreements, employment contracts, non-compete agreements, and commercial property leases can ensure that you uncover and address any issues that could present problems for your business in the future. Your attorney will ensure that these contracts are accurate, free of ambiguity or errors, and accomplish the task intended. A poorly written business contract can result in breach of contract claims, employment disputes, and a host of other legal issues.

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Long Island Sound breach of contract attorney

Ideally, everyone would honor verbal promises or handshake agreements. Unfortunately, this is not the reality of the business world. Legally binding contracts are often needed to ensure that parties stay true to their word. When a party does not meet the expectations of a contract, you may choose to take legal action in the form of a breach of contract claim.

Three Main Elements

A contract can be thought of as a legally enforceable promise. Contracts vary significantly in their scope and complexity, but all contracts define certain rights and responsibilities for the involved parties. When one of the parties in a business contract fails to fulfill his or her responsibilities, the other party or parties may pursue a claim for breach of contract. There are several elements that must be present in a breach of contract lawsuit in order for the plaintiff to be awarded restitution. To win a breach of contract claim, the plaintiff will need to demonstrate the following:

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Norwalk real estate attorney

Every state has its own laws regarding real estate sales. In some states, hiring a legal professional is optional for home buyers or sellers, but Connecticut is not one of those. In Connecticut, state law requires all home buyers and sellers to involve a real estate attorney in the process. You may be thinking, how would a real estate attorney help me sell or buy a house? However, having an experienced real estate attorney by your side can save you from making legal mistakes that could land you in legal and/or financial trouble later.

What Will My Real Estate Attorney Do?

You may think that buying or selling a home simply requires the signing of a contract and the handing over of keys, but there is much more to it. Real estate agents will establish the selling price and the terms in a contract between the buying and selling parties. The real estate attorney will review this contract and negotiate any repairs and adjustments that should be made to the contract. This is to ensure that everything is in order and is acceptable before officially completing the large sale or purchase.

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Long Island Sound real estate attorney

Liens are common in contracts with property and high-value assets, yet many people do not know what they are and what they do. A lien gives someone the right to another person’s property. These rights remain “dormant” unless debts are incurred on that particular property. The most common example is a home loan. When an individual borrows money to help pay off a home through a loan, the property itself becomes collateral. In other words, a person agrees to allow the lender to take his or her property through foreclosure if he or she does not pay the money owed on the house. 

Tax liens work in a similar fashion. Local governments and the IRS can use liens to collect unpaid taxes. These liens do not have a single property listed, but rather, all current and future assets are available. Local governments and the IRS can collect from bank accounts and are able to collect money before all other creditors.

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Stamford, CT contract drafting attorney

In all business relations, a contract should be written to ensure that all parties complete their end of the deal. Some businesses trust verbal agreements; however, those types of agreements are not always legally enforceable, as there is no written consent to back up a claim. While a contract does require agreement from both parties, it also creates formal obligations that can be enforced if necessary, while a verbal agreement does not. Regardless of your relationship with the other party, a legal contract is important to avoid future conflict and eliminate any gray areas that may exist.

Business Contract Necessities

Business contracts have elements that are required to make them eligible and enforceable in court. Much like marriage vows, business agreements have requirements that relate to the parties signing the contract and the agreement itself.

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