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What makes a contract valid?

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2024 | Business Litigation

It is usual for businesses to enter contracts and collaborate with other suppliers or partners. In these scenarios, agreements play vital roles in protecting all involved parties, especially if there are significant investments riding on the transaction. Failing to fulfill terms and conditions can lead to a breach, which can only be as valid as the initial contract.

A breach of contract can quickly result in disputes, depending on the circumstances. Parties can file a claim against the breaching party, but it may only push through based on the contract’s enforceability. To become valid, a contract must meet the following qualities:

  • It includes duties that may cause damages to one or more parties if left unmet.
  • An adequate consideration exists to establish what is necessary from the involved parties.
  • The agreement meets the minimum requirements according to state law.

However, there can be contract variations depending on what they are for. It is crucial to ensure a business contract has these elements to receive protection in case of a breach.

A legally unsound contract may affect a business’s ability to file a claim for these breaches and the compensation amount they can pursue. Fortunately, adequate preparation before entering a contract can help preserve its validity.

Protecting your business’s interests in an agreement

Seeking legal help before drafting a contract can be beneficial. Doing so can help you negotiate any terms that may become unfavorable to you if a party commits a breach. Additionally, you can learn about potential remedies to consider if you face issues after signing the agreement. Taking these precautions can help protect yourself and your business from any unexpected fallouts.