Our Arlington Contract Attorney Explains Breach of Contract

Posted on: July 14, 2015

When you enter into a business agreement with another person or entity, you might want to first call our Arlington contract attorney in order to protect your rights. If the other party violates the contract or if you are unable to fulfill the terms of the agreement, you will want to know what legal recourse you can take. Our lawyers can address these matters with you.

Definition of Breach of Contract

A breach of contract means that either party has failed to fulfill one of more of the contract terms, which can either be expressed and specified in the contract or implied through the law or through conduct.

Express Contract Items

An express contract includes written agreements, and proving a contract violation relies on the wording of the agreement. Some states, including California, also enforce oral contracts while other states do not. You need to speak with legal counsel in order to determine how your state’s contract laws affect a possible breach of contract lawsuit. Your business lawyer can explain which contracts need to be in writing and can clarify the difference in enforcement between written and oral contracts.

Contract Time Frames

The violation of an oral contract is only enforceable for two years under the statute of limitations. However, a written contract has a four-year statute of limitations.

Implied Contracts

Sometimes terms of the contract are implied even without a written agreement. Usually, both parties agree to the expectations related to the written contract even when specific details might not be in writing.

Suing in Tort

Suing in tort means that you can seek compensation for emotional damage and pain and suffering. On the other hand, contract damages only address the specific losses related from failure to fulfill the contract.

Contact Our Arlington Contract Attorney

Our legal professionals can provide answers to your questions about business contracts. For additional help, contact our Arlington contract attorney at Schleifman Law, PLC.