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What Are the Essential Elements of a Business Contract?

Posted on in Business Law

Ft. Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyerOwning and operating a business will involve a variety of agreements with other parties. When these agreements take the form of contracts, they will be legally binding, and both parties will be required to meet certain obligations or face consequences. By understanding what makes a contract a legal agreement and the elements that should be included in a contract, business owners can make sure they understand their obligations and have the protections they need.

Legal Elements of a Contract

For a contract to be valid and legally binding, it must function as an agreement in which one party makes an offer, and another party accepts that offer. This may be a straightforward offer, such as stating that goods or services will be provided at a certain price, or a contract may involve a more complex offer in which both parties will have obligations. After an offer is made, the other party may agree to the offer, or they may make a counteroffer. The parties may negotiate to finalize the details of each party’s obligations.

A contract must also include consideration or something of value that is exchanged between the parties. Consideration will often involve a monetary payment made by one party in exchange for goods or services provided by the other party. However, it may also involve other types of actions, such as the right by one party to use the other party’s intellectual property in exchange for performing services. 

To legally enter an agreement, the parties must have the capacity to understand what they are agreeing to, and they must be free from outside influences, such as threats or coercion. Both parties must intend for their agreement to be legally binding, and they must have an understanding that they will face consequences if they violate the terms of the contract. Contracts will also need to meet all requirements under the laws of the applicable state, which will usually be the state where at least one of the parties is located. A contract may be invalid if its purpose is illegal, such as an agreement to participate in an activity that is against the law.

Contact Our Fort Lauderdale Business Contracts Lawyer

When entering into a contract, it is important for a business owner to fully understand the terms of the agreement, the potential consequences of a breach of contract, and the options for enforcing the contract in the future. At The Elliot Legal Group, P.A., we can assist with the negotiation of contractual agreements, and we can review a business’s existing contracts to identify legal issues and determine whether an agreement should be updated. We can also provide representation in litigation or other disputes involving contract breaches. Contact our Dania Beach contracts attorney at 754-332-2101 to learn more about our business law services.



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