Olympia Business Law Lawyer For The Drafting & Review Of Contracts
Business is based on the honoring of agreements. These agreements can include promises to pay money or to provide services. In a perfect world both individuals and businesses would always honor their word. Unfortunately there are instances in which promises are not kept. A properly written contract can help ensure that your rights are protected when promises are broken. These rights may involve issues which you foresaw as well as those which were unforeseen at the time you entered into an agreement. It is vital that you hire an attorney who understands business in order make sure that your rights are protected. Ben Cushman is an Olympia business law lawyer who helps with the drafting and review of contracts. Ben has been practicing law since 1996 and he focuses on this area of law so that you may focus on the most important thing – your business. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. Our firm also serves Tacoma and other Washington areas.
Olympia attorney assisting Washington companies with contract-related matters
A contract is an agreement between two parties. When one party does not honor their end of the agreement then the other may possibly file a lawsuit. In order to avoid litigation, it is important that a contract clearly define the rights and obligations of each party. These rights and obligations include the time by which a product must be delivered or a service must be performed, the amount of money that is to be paid, the date by which payment is to be made, and how the matter will be resolved if there a is a dispute. Poorly drafted agreements can lead to years of litigation as to what the rights or obligations of a party actually were. A properly drafted contract can help to minimize misunderstandings and disputes as to what it means for each party to “perform” its end of an agreement.
The first step in drafting a business contract is to determine one’s goals – what it is one wants to achieve by entering into the contract. Once your goals are clearly defined then you may structure the agreement in a way which will meet those goals. It is also important to ensure that the agreement contains provisions that protect your rights and addresses what happens in the event that either party breaches the contract. Such provisions can include a “choice of venue” clause which states that any litigation must take place in your home state and not the home of the other party or a liquidated damages provision, which is a clause that states the amount of money that you will be automatically entitled to if there is a breach. Finally, the contract should clearly delineate the parties’ responsibility for legal fees in the event a lawsuit, including a suit for a “breach of contract”, arises regarding the contract. Clearly defining what will constitute a “breach of contract,” allocating the risks of certain events occurring or not, and defining all other obligations of the parties, can involve complicated legal issues. It is important to retain an experienced lawyer.
Ben Cushman is an Olympia attorney who helps with contract-related matters. Ben will use an initial consultation to gain a clear understanding of your company and of your overall goals. He will help you identify issues and possibilities which you may otherwise have not considered. Ben will take steps to ensure that any agreement clearly states what each party is obligated to do. This will help to prevent disagreements over whether a breach has occurred. He will also take steps to ensure that the contract protects your rights to the greatest extent possible. Ben will also take steps to ensure that you understand every aspect of the contract before you execute it. This is true regardless of whether it is an agreement that Ben drafted or if it is a contract that he is reviewing on your behalf. Our firm understands that legal issues can be stressful for business owners. This is why we devote ourselves to helping Washington entrepreneurs.
Contract lawyer providing quality service to Washington businesses in Olympia, Tacoma, and elsewhere
Our attorney understands that running a business is stressful. One does not need the added problems caused by an attorney who does not provide quality service. Our contract lawyer makes communication with clients a priority. He quickly responds to phone calls, emails, and other messages. Ben makes himself available to answer any questions you may have and will take the time necessary to make sure you fully understand your situation. It is our honor to serve those in our community and we take this commitment seriously. Contact us today.
In addition to Olympia, our firm also serves the Thurston County cities of Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm, the Pierce County cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, and Lakewood, the Lewis County cities of Centralia, Chehalis, the King County cites of Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, and Federal Way, as well as other areas in Washington, including Grays Harbor, Mason, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.