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Contracts and contract litigation: Asking the right questions

| Jul 24, 2018 | Contracts And Contract Litigation |

One of the wisest pieces of advice when it comes to contractual agreements is to make sure everything in a contract is understood before the contract is signed. When it comes to contracts and contract litigation in Maryland, much stress might be avoided if the person entering into a contract with a vendor understands what he or she is really getting into when it comes to contracting for services or goods. Going it alone, without getting advice, may cause real problems down the road.

For instance, it is important that contracts have an out provision. In other words, the contract can be terminated should the vendor not be able to resolve a problem in a determined amount of time. If the contract has a stated term, a rule of thumb would be not to have that term be for more than five years. And when it comes to employees, it’s crucial to ensure the person actually signing a contract has the right to do so. 

Contracts don’t always have to be so complex. Some are better ones often use simple language and state matter-of-factly what is being offered or sold. Complex contracts usually favor the vendor. If a consumer doesn’t realize what he or she is actually signing, problems could ensue. 

A Maryland lawyer’s advice might be invaluable when it comes to looking over a contract. A lawyer can to point out contradictory or ambiguous clauses. Contracts and contract litigation can often be complex and an attorney will review all contracts with a fine-toothed comb. In terms of contract breaches, a lawyer may be able to help dissipate the confusion surrounding the litigation process.