All businesses inherently deal with contracts, even if they are unwritten, as with many transactions involving goods or services. Since a contract is a legally binding agreement, and even an honest contractual mistake can cause serious problems, it is crucial that small business owners have at least a basic understanding of contract law. This section covers the basics of contract law and how it relates to the many facets of running a business, including articles on when a verbal agreement carries the weight of a contract, the meaning of "breach of contract," which contracts must be in writing, and related topics.
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Most business people enter into contracts more frequently than they may realize. Any time you or your company agree to take some action or make a payment in exchange for anything of value, a legal contract has been created -- even if the agreement doesn't seem like a formal contract. For example, most bills of sale, purchase orders, employment agreements, and other common business transactions are legally enforceable contracts. The following is a discussion to help you understand the basics of contracts.
What is a contract?
A contract is a legally enforceable agreement between two or more parties that creates an obligation to do or not do particular things. The term "party" can mean an individual person, company, or other legal entity. No matter who the parties are, contracts almost always contain the following essential elements:
Why should I use a written contract?
To be enforceable, some agreements must be in writing. The situations in which an agreement must be in writing can differ from state to state, but usually include transfers of real estate, sales of goods valued at over $500, and contracts that require more than a year to perform.
Whether or not it's required, a written agreement becomes your proof of what was agreed upon and prevents someone from forgetting or changing the story later. Writing the contract down also makes the parties focus on the essential points, and come to a definite agreement.
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