Contracts



Contract Law determines when promises are enforceable. The fundamental requirements for forming a binding contract are an offer, acceptance and consideration. To be enforceable, a contract must be formed by competent parties, who give their consent, to a legal agreement.

The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) afford consumer contracts unique protections. Please read on to find a contract lawyer, contract attorney, or to access more information in our contract law practice center.

One reason to sue over a contract is when one party commits a breach of contract—stops doing, or fails to do, what the contract states should be done. Defenses that excuse a breach of contract include duress, fraud and misrepresentation, mistake, lack of consideration and the statute of frauds.

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Legal articles focusing on Contracts Law
You Must be Innocent in a Breach of Contract Claim
Most of your business activity is likely based on contracts between you and other parties, so broken contracts may form the majority of your legal woes. To bring a business lawsuit against another party for breaking a contract, you must be able to prove certain details about the arrangement.
Contract Damages
When most people sign a contract, they expect to honor the terms of the contract, and hope that the other party will do so as well. There are several kinds of contract remedies available to you if the other party breaches, or breaks, a contract. This article explains those options.
Contract Modification
When negotiating a contract, or after a contract has been signed, you may have reason to want to modify, or change, a contract. Find out how to modify a contract, either before it's been signed or after it's been signed.

Ask a Lawyer - Contracts Law questions answered by leading lawyers
Can my attorney or his friend (also an attorney) lose their licenses because of an out-of-pocket exp
I am a plaintiff in a case taken on fee contingency, but I have had to pay all out-of-pocket expenses for motions filed, depositions taken, etc. At one point my attorney was cited for contempt and spent a night in jail on a matter of principle, but during that time he had to file several motions on my behalf at a cost of $7500. I had no money, so a friend of his (an attorney) paid the $7500. My attorney told me that his friend could lose his license for doing so. Nine months later my attorney contacted me urgently and told me that I had to overnight $7500 to his friend along with a notarized letter providing an explanation for the delay (illness, stress, etc). This urgency was because his friend was being audited and had to cover that expense. My question is: On what basis could his friend lose his license, and is my attorney at risk too?
I signed a motorcycle away under duress
I owned a nice Harley Davidson that my TV personality boyfriend pressured me into signing over to our next door neighbor in FL while I was in NH so that it could be registered in FL without me there. My boyfriend was trying not to have a lot registered in his name due to liability with the TV show, etc. I didn't want to do it, but I was also running a business for him which provided some of my income and he threatened to take that away plus make my life miserable, and put extreme pressure on me. He also was renting a home I owned with my mother (now deceased) in NH and could easily have refused to pay rent, etc., after tearing it apart for renovations and never fixing it, so I didn't know what to do. He had me in a terrible financial bind at the time. Therefore, I did what he asked even though I didn't want to. We left it that way for a year because I was rarely in FL, but then my boyfriend died suddenly and now the guy refuses to give back my bike which he never paid a cent for.
What does term "personal jurisdiction" mentioned in the below context mean ? Will I lose my personal
Jurisdiction of Disputes. In the event either party to this Agreement commences any litigation, proceeding or other legal action in connection with or relating to this Agreement, each party to this Agreement hereby (i) agrees that any such litigation, proceeding or other legal action may be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction located within Los Angeles County, California; (ii) agrees that in connection with any such litigation, proceeding or action, such party will consent and submit to personal jurisdiction in any such court described in clause (i) of this Section 14 and to service of process upon it in accordance with the rules and statutes governing service of process; and (c) agrees to waive to the full extent permitted by law any objection that it may now or hereafter have to the venue of any such litigation, proceeding or action in any such court or that any such litigation, proceeding or action was brought in an inconvenient forum.
Is free life membership status in a private club a binding agreement?
I am on the Board of a Gun Club. It is an indoor range. It has been in existence since 1972. Our bylaws can be changed with a majority vote of the members.Our club bylaws have a classification of Life Members (25 years a member and 60 years of age) at which time such members would pay no dues or assessments. Can the bylaws be changed (with a majority vote) to add a "Life Members Fee"? Some are saying we can't do this because it affects members who joined while the prospect of free Life Membership was offered.
i have a 3 year lease in my name only. after i die can my wife assume the lease if so how . ineed
i am scheduling a by pass on my heart arteries within a few weeks. i wanted this car lease for my wife to assume, so that she would have a new car available. we are both 86 years old. i wanted a smooth transition for her, but i think i messed up. i may be able to stop this lease . i just signed it last night. please call asap i want to go to the dealer this am.....thank you
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