No matter how many employees your company has, you may eventually experience contract disputes. Here’s what you need to know.
Quality contracts can save a lot of time and trouble; however, even the best designed contracts may occasionally be disputed. If you’re currently dealing with a contract dispute, you aren’t alone. The right business attorney can help guide you during this challenging time and can assist you with understanding what your rights and obligations are. When you’re presented with a dispute or problem regarding a contract, there are five steps you should take.
1. Review the terms of the contract.
It’s important to fully understand the terms of the contract you’re dealing with. Sometimes, a contractual dispute may simply be related to vague wording or awkward phrasing. Make sure you understand the entirety of the document that is being disputed, as well as how it affects your company. For example, if someone is disputing the validity or legality of an employee contract, you’ll need to review a copy of the original contract to see what terms are outlined on the contract.
2. Clarify what the dispute is regarding.
Make sure you know exactly what the dispute is regarding. Does the person disputing the contract have a problem with the entire contract? Do they believe specific terms of the contract have been violated? If yes, what do they believe has been violated, and by whom? It’s important to know exactly what the specific problem is when it comes to dealing with disputes. Clarify as much information as soon as possible.
3. Determine whether mediation can be utilized
If the person who is disputing the contract is amiable, you may be able to utilize a mediator in order to find a reasonable solution to the dispute. In these cases, the three of you will sit down to discuss the problems with the contract and to talk about any violations that may have occurred. A mediator will help guide the conversation so that you and the other party can come up with solutions to the dispute.
4. Gather evidence.
It’s very important that you gather evidence to help prove whether the contract you’re discussing was actually violated or written incorrectly. Have a copy of the original contract with you when you meet to discuss it. Additionally, save any copies of correspondence you have with the person who is questioning the contract. This may include text messages, emails, or even voice messages.
5. Consult with an attorney
One of the most important steps you can take is to reach out to your attorney. Your lawyer understands that dealing with contract disputes can be quite difficult, which is why your attorney will work with you to make sure you have the best experience possible as you move forward.
When you’re ready to meet with an attorney who can help you, reach out and schedule a consultation to review the contract in question and to discuss your options for moving forward. Call today.