When you sign a contract with an individual or a business, you do so with the understanding that both parties will adhere to its terms and deliver whatever was promised within the terms of the agreement. When one party fails to do this without having a legal excuse, it is considered a breach of contract. A breach of contract can take many forms including failing to deliver what was promised in a way that meets the standards of the contractor’s industry or failing to meet the requirements of any express or implied warranty. If you find yourself in a situation where a contract has been breached and as a result, you have suffered some type of damage, then you may need to take legal action.
The first step that you should take in the face of a breach of contract is to attempt communication. This should be done in a calm way that allows each side to discuss the situation and arrive at a solution that works for everybody. If the situation has already become inflamed by previous arguments, you may need to bring in a third party to conduct these conversations or to attempt mediation. Either of these options can lead to resolution.
If you find that negotiations or mediation are not successful, you may need to consider filing a breach of contract claim that requests a specific type of relief. An experienced attorney can guide you in this process, helping you to identify exactly what damages you have suffered as a result of the breach of contract and determining the specific type of relief that you are seeking When you file a breach of contract claim, damages are usually assessed in terms of financial losses, but in some cases, the court will order the party that breached the contract to perform the terms of the original contract.
It is important to keep the calendar in mind in the face of a breach of contract. There are time limitations on how long you can wait to file a breach of contract claim. If you would like more information or assistance in either negotiation, mediation or filing in pursuit of a legal remedy, contact our experienced contract attorneys today to set up a time to discuss your situation.