Contract Disputes

Contracts are everywhere. You enter into them every time you sign a lease, get hired for a job or even agree to house sit for your neighbor. Some contracts are more binding than others though and at times, you might not even realize you’ve entered one.

Many people are nervous at the idea of entering into a contract, and for good reason. Complex formal contracts can be filled with unfamiliar industry terms, and without taking the time to familiarize yourself with them before signing, you might feel as though you’re being tricked into terms you didn’t even realize were there.

But most contract holders aren’t out to take advantage of anyone — they simply want to protect their assets. In fact, most contract disputes result from opposing interpretations of the contract’s terms, dissatisfied contract holders or a party’s inability to uphold their end of the deal.

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Common Types of Contracts

Contracts can take many forms, and no one expects you to know them all. But having a basic understanding of the common types of contracts may help you to create an awareness that just might keep you out of legal trouble down the road.

  • Express contracts. Contracts that are explicitly agreed to by all parties involved, either orally or in writing.
  • Implied contracts. Agreements that aren’t formally expressed via writing or speaking. For instance, when a patient goes to a doctor, it is implied that the doctor will do their best to treat the patient, just as it is implied that the patient will pay the practice after their appointment.
  • Unilateral contracts. Contracts in which one party is legally bound to hold up their end of the deal. For instance, a gym that advertises a free month of membership for new members must give free membership to new members. Potential members aren’t obligated to join the gym, but when they do, the gym is obligated to uphold their promise.
  • Bilateral contracts. Contracts in which both parties agree to certain terms and both are legally responsible for fulfilling those terms. When you sign a lease, you are entering into a bilateral contract — you’re agreeing to pay your rent and take care of the property, and your landlord is agreeing to let you live on their property for the agreed upon timeframe.

Of course, these are just a few of the most common contracts you might run into in both your personal and professional worlds. When matters get more complex, it’s time to seek professional legal help.

Contract Disputes in Sarasota

Whether you need help understanding a contract before you sign, suspect that someone has breached a contract or are accused of breaching a contract yourself, you should enlist the help of a seasoned attorney. At the Law Office of Michael A. France, we have over nine years of contract experience, and we’d love to bring that experience to your aid whenever a concern arises.