Whether you're a business or acting as an individual, you will need to sign contracts. Contract law is surprisingly complex, but it's all too common for people to sign a contract without fully reading or understanding it. This can work to your extreme disadvantage in the future, especially if there are clauses in it that aren't in your best interest.
Especially in a business setting, you can benefit immensely from the services of an attorney contract review service. An attorney can look over your contract and let you know whether it's a good idea to sign it. This service could potentially save you quite a bit of money and time if the contract isn't aligned in your interest.
At Rogers & Moss, our experienced contract lawyers can help you whenever you need a contract created, interpreted, or enforced. Whether you're getting a second opinion from our attorney contract review service before signing something, or taking legal action due to a breach of contract, we can help you navigate the complexities of Colorado contract law.
Contract law lies at the heart of law itself. You make contracts with people every day, although most of them are oral and implicit. Contracts are what make marketplace exchanges possible, and contract law is what makes these contracts legally enforceable. A contract is a voluntary agreement between two entities, which is often documented in written form.
Some contracts are quite simple, while others are so lengthy and complicated that only lawyers are fully equipped to really understand them. Creating and negotiating business contracts is an endeavor in which having a lawyer can benefit you. Contract disputes may also require the services of a lawyer, especially a breach of contract.
When Should I Have a Lawyer Review My Contract?
There are some situations where you absolutely must hire a lawyer to ensure a good outcome. In other situations, it's more optional, but you can still benefit immensely from a contract lawyer's services.
If you're signing a business contract, you need a lawyer. Business contracts are used to give or receive a product or service, either to consumers or to another business. Creating an explicit written contract prevents miscommunications about the scope of service offered and of the remuneration expected for them.
At some point, you should hire an attorney contract review service to examine a contract and all of its clauses to ensure that they are legally enforceable, and that it is in everyone's best interest. They can also make sure that any boilerplate language used in the contract is valid in Colorado.
In other situations involving a contract, it's still a good idea to have a lawyer look it over. Some contracts are incredibly confusing and complex, and it can be difficult for a layperson with limited legal knowledge to really understand what they're signing. Hiring a contract lawyer can help you ensure that you're not agreeing to something that will work to your detriment in the future. You can also hire contract lawyers to assist you in creating a contract, and in negotiating its terms. If you're hiring an employee or providing a service to clients, you will need to create legal contracts.
Contact Creation Services
At Rogers & Moss, our experienced contract attorneys can help you through the contract formation process. Contracts are an essential part of any business transaction. Whether you're hiring someone for a service, or providing it for yourself, you'll need a legally sound, written and explicit contract to protect your interests.
A good contract should be written in clear, explicit terms that are easy for anyone to understand. Too much opacity and legal jargon can be confusing and create inconsistencies. A good lawyer can provide contract drafting services to ensure that your contracts are both comprehensible and legally binding.
At Rogers & Moss, we provide a full selection of professional contract creation and drafting services, including:
- Vendor agreements
- Operating agreements
- Business purchase agreements
- Joint venture agreements
- Sales contracts
- Service contracts
- Employment contracts
- NDAs and non-compete agreements
- Shareholder and partner agreements
Our expert assistance in the contract formation process can help protect your interests, minimizing the likelihood of future disputes that stem from a poorly drafted contract.
Breach of Contract Litigation
If you've been accused of breaching a contract, or someone has breached a contract in which you are involved, you'll need a contract law expert to help you determine whether litigation can be pursued. At Rogers & Moss, our contract law expertise enables us to help our clients navigate breaches of contract, pursuing litigation or defending against it, if it occurs.
While a breach of contract is usually fairly straightforward, it remains to be determined whether legal action is feasible. You'll need a lawyer to figure out whether a failure on the part of a contract participant actually constitutes a breach. This can depend on the extent to which someone is deprived of benefits they were expecting based on the contract; the extent to which the injured person can be adequately compensated; and other factors.
To assert a breach of contract in Colorado, you must prove the following things:
- The existence of a contract
- Performance or non-performance by the plaintiff
- Failure to meet the contract's requirements by the defendant
- Resulting damages to the plaintiff
The fastest way to resolve a breach of contract dispute is through mediation. However, this does not always work, and in many cases, arbitration or even litigation is a better option.
If you want to take legal action over a breach of contract in Colorado, you are subject to statutes of limitation. This means that you have a set period of time to make a decision regarding litigation. In Colorado, the statute of limitation for a breach of written contract is three years. For oral contracts, you have two years. This period of time starts when the breach occurs or is discovered, not when the contract was signed. Because a breach of contract lawsuit in Colorado can take up to eighteen months to make it to trial, sooner is better than later.
Arbitration can sometimes bring a quicker resolution than litigation, but costs can quickly spiral out of control, and the outcome isn't always optimal. If you pursue litigation, you may be able to be awarded damages.
Employment contracts, as well as independent contractor contracts in some cases, are essential for any business. However, they can be quite complex, as can the laws governing them, and it can take the specialized knowledge and expertise of a professional contract lawyer.
Particular types of contracts, like noncompete agreements and nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), can vary from state to state, and it's important to make sure that any such contracts your business asks employees to sign is valid in the state of Colorado.
At Rogers & Moss, we help Boulder area businesses create, negotiate, interpret, and enforce employment contracts for their workers. Some of the issues we can help you with include:
- Determining whether an employer is able to enforce a noncompete agreement on an employee in Colorado
- What kinds of management employees can be subject to a noncompete
- The extent and duration of noncompete agreements, and determining what would constitute a breach
- When can an employer demand that an employee return their signing bonus?
- If an employee earns equity interests in the company they work for, are they lost when the employee quits or is fired?
These are just a few of the complex employment contract issues that we help businesses in the Boulder area navigate successfully. We can also help you if you're not sure whether you should sign an NDA or non-compete contract with a potential employer or client.
Find a Contract Lawyer Today
Need an expert contract lawyer to help you create, interpret, or dispute a business contract or employment contract? At Rogers & Moss, we specialize in helping businesses in the Boulder, Lafayette, and Boulder County area, navigate contract law effectively. To find out more, call us any time, or fill out our online contact form to get in touch with a legal expert today.