Efficient Representation In Contract Disputes

In a perfect world, businesspeople would reach an agreement, shake hands, and never worry that the other party wouldn't uphold his or her end of the deal. But in the complex world of business and business law, contracts are the name of the game. And even if a detailed contract is drawn up, disputes still arise.

At the Law Office of Jason S. Stevens, LLC, we provide keen, efficient representation to Charleston-area business owners and professionals in a wide array of contract disputes, including those that involve:

  • Joint venture agreements
  • Vendor contracts
  • Employment contracts
  • Licensing agreements
  • Indemnity agreements
  • Purchase/sale agreements
  • Lease agreements

What Constitutes Breach Of Contract

For a contract to be valid, two conditions must generally be met: 1) all parties must be in agreement, and 2) something of value must be exchanged such as goods, services or cash. When one party to the contract does not discharge his or her obligations as defined, this is a breach of contract.

Two of the most common types of contract disputes involve:

  1. Noncompete and nondisclosure agreements — These require that employees who leave a company not engage in a competing business in the same area for a certain amount of time. Often they involve trade secrets, which former employees cannot disclose or use to compete with their former employer.
  2. Company contracts — These delineate specifics of business transactions and agreements. They can include details about how and when services will be performed, materials used, prices, delivery details, deadlines and sundry conditions related to the agreement.

What Can Be Done

If it is determined that a contract has been breached, the injured party is entitled to a remedy. The remedy may be 1) damages, or payment made to the wronged party, 2) specific performance, where a court orders the breaching party to carry out the terms of the contract, or 3) cancellation and restitution, where the injured party may cancel the contract and seek restitution from the breaching party. The nonbreaching party will be restored to the position it was in before the contract went into effect. Additional damages may be imposed as well.

Request A Complimentary Consultation With An Attorney

At our firm, we can help you evaluate the contract, establish whether it is legally binding and enforceable, and determine if there is a viable basis for disputing it. We provide tailored legal advice designed to guide you through the murky waters of business law and defend your financial interests. Call 843-410-3953 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary consultation with our lawyer.