Protect Yourself and Your Business
There are many types of agreements that occur in the life of an individual, business or business owner. Your mortgage, lease, car loan, internet subscription, business relationships, as well as your relationships with employees or consultants are among just a few types of arrangements, each with their own complexities.
One of the best techniques to protect your rights in your interactions is to make sure that the terms of each separate agreement is in writing. The primary reason why it is safer to have a written contract is so that each participant is clear about the terms of the relationship and their rights and responsibilities. As time passes, the parties may forget some of the terms that they agreed upon verbally. With a written contract, the document contains all of the agreed-upon terms and conditions. When you have a written agreement, it tends to make disagreements in the future less likely because you can refer back to the written document. If a questions or issues arise related to the parties’ understanding, it is simpler to prove the terms of an agreement where the details are stated in the written contract.
When there is an unresolved dispute regarding a verbal agreement, one or both of the parties may file a lawsuit. With a verbal contract, the terms typically can only be established by testimony of the parties to the agreement. The judge or jury may have a difficult time determining which version of the facts is accurate when the parties cannot agree on what was said, what was done, the actions they agreed to and the breach. You could lose in court if the judge or jury cannot determine the underlying facts related to the agreement.
The best way to avoid confusion and clarify the parties’ obligations is to record the details in a written agreement signed by all parties involved. It is much more likely that in the event an issue arises related to a written contract, you will be able to preserve your relationship with the other party and resolve the dispute informally and without having to go to court and file a lawsuit.
We Prepare Agreements to Protect your Relationships
A skilled attorney can help you understand the details of your relationship and agreement that should be put into the contract as well as answer your questions and help you if issues arise. Our attention to detail can save you from the uncertainties and cost of a dispute that ends up in court.
We prepare a wide variety of contracts and documents for all of your individual and business needs. Our strong legal advice can help individuals, business owners and businesses avoid costly legal issues. Contact us with questions and concerns at (925) 463-9000 or send an email.
Lisa Wills of the Law Offices of Lisa D. Wills is an experienced attorney in Pleasanton, CA helping educate individuals, businesses and business owners to make good decisions regarding their agreements and practices. For solid legal assistance regarding your contacts and documents, contact Lisa Wills, Law Offices of Lisa D. Wills at (925) 463-9000 or send an email.