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Drafting Enforceable Contracts: Tips to Avoid Breach

In the business world, contracts are necessary to protect yourself and your business. In addition to being the backbone for nearly every transaction, contracts ensure the parties fulfill their obligations. Parties to a contract can suffer financial harm from contract breaches when the contract hasn’t been drafted properly and isn’t legally enforceable. Here are our top five contract drafting tips to help business owners avoid contract breaches in South Carolina.

1. Clearly Define the Parties and Terms of the Contract

Ambiguity is one of the most common causes of contract breach. Although the parties to a contract may assume that they agree on the terms’ meaning, disputes can arise when the terms are overly ambiguous. The contract should clearly identify all parties to the contract, including any subsidiaries or affiliates, to avoid confusion and potential breach of contract claims. 

It’s also essential to clearly outline the scope of the contract. The contract should clearly state the rights and obligations of each party, including any exclusions or limitations. The terms should be specific about the duties and responsibilities of each party and not leave any room for misinterpretation.

2. Include Precise Payment Terms

Many breach-of-contract claims involve misunderstandings about payment terms. When drafting a contract, it’s important to include detailed terms related to payment. The contract should specify the amount, acceptable payment methods, and due date for each payment. To ensure accountability, it should also specify any interest charges or penalties that will be incurred for late payment.

3. Address Remedies for Breach of Contract

Breach of contract can happen even when the contract has been well drafted and is legally enforceable. The contract should address the remedies available for a party whom a breach of contract has injured. Addressing the available legal remedies upfront can prevent you from undergoing a lengthy court battle. 

Consider including provisions that outline the penalties for a breach of contract. Examples of penalties for breach of contract include termination rights and liquidated damages. The contract should also include any available dispute resolution methods the parties must use.

4. Conduct Thorough Due Diligence

Before entering into a contract, both parties should conduct thorough due diligence. Learning about the other party’s financial stability, reputation, and previous business practices may help you avoid a breach of contract. 

An in-depth understanding of the other party’s licensing requirements and compliance with industry regulations can help you make informed decisions and minimize risk. You may decide not to enter into a contractual agreement with the other party. If you do, you will benefit from working with an attorney to include provisions that protect yourself.

5. Hire an Experienced Attorney to Draft and Negotiate Contracts

Drafting legally enforceable contracts requires an in-depth understanding of contract law. Many individuals and businesses have begun using online contract services to save money. Unfortunately, these services don’t provide the same legal evaluation and experience as working with an attorney.

For over 125 years, the attorneys at Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A. have helped South Carolina businesses draft and negotiate effective, legally enforceable contracts. When you work with our attorneys, we will ensure your contracts comply with all applicable South Carolina and federal laws and regulations.

Contact an Experienced Contract Attorney in South Carolina

At Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A., our attorneys help South Carolina businesses navigate the complexities of contract law. We will answer your questions and work with you to draft an effective contract agreement that protects you and your rights. Don’t hesitate to contact Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A. to schedule a complimentary case evaluation.