Contracts are part of our everyday personal and business lives. If you are a business owner or manager of a business, you deal with contracts when you transact business with contractors, vendors, landlords, banks, employees, and customers. In our personal lives, we deal with contracts when we buy a house, buy a vehicle, sign a lease, and sign up for social media accounts.
Contracts are promises that the law will enforce. A contract is a legally binding agreement between two (2) or more persons or legal entities (e.g. corporations or LLCs), where one party agrees to provide a good or service in exchange for money, services, or other goods.
Contracts are governed by state statutes, common law (judge-made), and private law. Private law consists of the agreed upon terms of the contract between the contracting parties.
It is beneficial to have a written agreement just in case disagreement arises between the parties. Merely reducing an agreement to writing does not automatically make the contract legally enforceable. Some agreements must be in writing and meet specific requirements. See our blog post on Florida’s Statute of Frauds and Elements of a Valid Contract. There are certain clauses that should be included in contracts to protect the parties in the event of a disagreement. For example, jurisdiction, venue, mediation, jury trial, arbitration, and payment of attorney’s fees and costs provisions. A Florida business attorney will help you determine what needs to be in the contract and will ensure that the contract complies with Florida law.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Abigail D. Edelstein at (407) 862-9449 or make an appointment for a free thirty minute case assessment.