Commercial Contracts

Commercial contract law governs the formation, performance, and enforcement of contracts between businesses. A contract is a legally binding agreement between two or more parties that creates an obligation to do or refrain from doing a particular thing. Serious repercussions can materialize if not undertaken, drafted, reviewed, and implemented correctly and lawfully.

The Dohrwardt Law Firm will ensure your contract is comprehensive and favorable to your needs and wants. I will also help you understand the process so that you make informed decisions for your company. Contact the Dohrwardt Law Firm to discuss your contracting needs.

Understanding Business Contracts

The Dohrwardt Law Firm will perform many of the following tasks for your business to ensure your business operations flow without interruption and with minimal threat of legal challenges.

Formation of Contracts

To be legally enforceable, a contract must meet specific requirements, including offer, acceptance, consideration, and the intention to create legal relations. The terms of the agreement must also be sufficiently definite and clear.

Performance of Contracts

Once a contract is formed, the parties must perform their obligations under the contract. Failure to act may result in a breach of contract, which can lead to legal action and damages.

Enforcement of Contracts

If a party breaches a contract, the non-breaching party may seek legal remedies, such as damages, specific performance, or contract termination. A contract can involve litigation or alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation or arbitration.

Types of contracts to be enforced include: 

  • Sales contracts
  • Service contracts
  • Employment contracts
  • Lease agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements 

Each of the above and other types of contracts may have unique requirements and considerations regarding enforcement.

Understanding the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)

The UCC stands for the Uniform Commercial Code. It is a set of model laws governing commercial transactions in the United States. The UCC was first published in 1952 and has since been adopted, with some variations, by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The UCC provides a uniform framework for various commercial transactions, including the sale of goods, commercial paper, bank deposits and collections, letters of credit, and secured transactions. The UCC aims to simplify and clarify commercial law and commerce and to promote uniformity and predictability in commercial practices across different states.

The UCC is divided into nine articles covering a specific commercial law area. Some key provisions of the UCC include:

  • Article 2: Governs the sale of goods, including contracts for the sale of goods, warranties, and remedies for breach of contract.
  • Article 3: Covers negotiable instruments, such as checks, promissory notes, and bills of exchange.
  • Article 4: Regulates bank deposits and collections, including procedures for handling checks and other payment instruments.
  • Article 9: Deals with secured transactions, such as creating and enforcing security interests in personal property.

By providing a standardized set of rules and guidelines for commercial transactions, the UCC helps to promote efficiency and consistency in business dealings across different states. It also provides businesses with a clear legal framework for entering into and enforcing contracts, which helps to reduce the risk of disputes and other legal problems.

Contact the Dohrwardt Law Firm to Discuss your Contracting Needs

Commercial contract law is an essential component of business transactions. Businesses should ensure their contracts are carefully drafted, properly executed, and fully enforced to protect their legal rights and interests. At Dohrwardt Law Firm, I understand what is needed. Contact the Dohrwardt Law Firm to discuss your contracting needs.

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