Representing Businesses and Individuals in New Jersey and New York in Breach of Contract Cases
EXPERIENCED LITIGATOR HELPING SETTLE OR LITIGATE DISPUTES
I have nearly a quarter century of experience assisting businesses to resolve the disputes that arise out of contracts and agreements. For any business, it is essential to know what to do if you have entered into a contract and things haven’t turned out the way you expected. I can provide you with the knowledgeable assistance you need to understand your legal rights. I help clients enforce contracts through a variety of means, including litigation. I also represent clients who have breached or have been accused of breaching an agreement. I have the skills necessary to represent you or your business when you are on either side of a breach of contract claim.
HELPING YOU UNDERSTAND BREACH OF CONTRACT
Breach of contract is a fairly common occurrence in the world of business. A breach occurs when someone violates the terms of an agreement. A breach can occur at any time after the creation of a contract. Either party can cause a breach through its actions or inactions. Some breaches are justified under the law and others are not. When breaches are small, the parties may be able to continue performance under their agreement. Breaches that are serious enough to disrupt the entire purpose of the contract may be considered material breaches, rendering the contract void.
Breaches occur for many reasons. I represent clients in all types of breach of contract cases, including:
- Failure to pay for or deliver a product or services
- Missed deadlines
- Failure to meet the terms of a secondary agreement, such as a lease, mortgage or loan document
- Disputes over terms in the contract
- Disputes between partners or workers
- Work stoppages
When your company is affected by a breach, I will take steps to bring the other party into compliance. I will first attempt to get them to cure the breach through performance or compensation. Next, I can seek a resolution through negotiations, but I am prepared to pursue a remedy through litigation. I will seek the maximum amount of damages allowed under the law in order to compensate your business for its losses.
DEFENDING CLIENTS ACCUSED OF BREACH OF CONTRACT
In every contract dispute, at least one company will find itself on the defense. I represent clients who have been accused, wrongfully or otherwise, of breaching a contract. In many cases, actions that would normally constitute a breach are allowed because of something the other party did first. I also represent clients who have breached their contracts purposely in order to pursue alternatives, in what is known as “efficient breach." The law does not seek to punish those who breach contacts. Rather, the law’s aim is to make each party whole. This might mean restoring any money the company lost or potentially compensating them for the profits they expected to earn. I help clients in this situation develop defenses for their actions and skillfully defend their rights in court.
SOMETIMES, THE CONTRACT IS THE CULPRIT
The most complex contract litigation arises out of contracts that are vague, contradictory or confusing. Poorly drafted language in a contract is a contributing factor to contract disputes that result in protracted and costly litigation. As an experienced contract litigator, I can advise you in advance of litigation of the risks and complications that may result from poorly drafted language in your contract. I have the experience necessary to investigate the communications during the negotiations of your contract and the course of dealings during the term of your contract to find evidence that will help resolve litigation over vague or confusing contractual provisions to your advantage. I can also prepare you for arguments your opposing party will have at its disposal to try to defeat your claims, overcome your defenses or prolong the litigation and increase its cost.
If you believe that your contract is vague or confusing, and it was negotiated or prepared for you by an attorney, you may want to take a look at my Legal Malpractice page under the Professional Negligence heading.
BREACH OF CONTRACT OR FRAUD
As an experienced business litigator, I can tell you when the breach (or your defense to an accusation of breach) actually involves more than a mere contract dispute. Fraud in the inducement is the legal term for when one party convinces another to enter into a contract by misrepresenting some fact or detail (commonly referred to by non-lawyers as lying). Not every erroneous or intentional misrepresentation is fraud and not every fraud is actionable or provides a defense to a contract claim, so you will need good advice and a knowledgeable attorney to determine whether fraud is a significant aspect of your contract dispute. I have the expertise necessary to provide that advice and to present your fraud claims or defenses persuasively.
Contact a knowledgeable New Jersey attorney for breach of contract help
I provide experienced and skilled help to companies dealing with contract breaches and disputes. Call 201-452-4319 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation.