Contracts play a crucial role in our day-to-day lives. They also result in quite a bit of legal disputes and litigation. Indeed, breach of contract claims are heard just about daily in Saint Louis County and Saint Louis City courts.
One of the easiest ways to avoid contract disputes is to, first and foremost, have concrete language and tight organization. Ambiguous contract language can be disregarded or deemed as “void for vagueness” by a court. As an example, there is a world of difference between the contractual language “may” and “shall.” For this reason alone, “standard form” contracts should be avoided.
Obviously, though, not all contract disputes will center on the particular language or construction of a contract. The conduct of parties will often give rise to protracted litigation. Furthermore, contracts involving Non-Compete Agreements and Non-Solicitation & Confidentiality Agreements are inherently complex and will, despite the drafting attorney’s best efforts, lead to litigation.
If you are in need of advice regarding drafting a contract, interpreting a contract, amending a contract, cancelling a contract, or resolving contract disputes or litigation, contact us today for a free consultation.