When legal help is required, different types of attorneys may be more resourceful. Whether a contract has been wrongfully terminated, whether parties are in the midst of a contract dispute, or can’t come to an agreement with their business partners, are matters that a criminal attorney or an attorney dealing only with disability claims would not typically address.
Breach of Contract Disputes
When one party doesn’t fulfill their material promises and obligations to another party under an enforceable written or verbal contract, and suffers damages as a result, a breach of contract may occur. For example, if someone hires a contractor to complete a renovation in time for a huge event, if the contractor doesn’t get the work done in time, the venue/owner may cite a breach of contract as grounds for non-payment while the contractor may claim the work was done and demand to be paid. A lawsuit may then be filed if this dispute cannot be resolved informally.
Partnership/Business Owner Disputes
Sometimes even the best partnerships go sour. If one of the owners of a business is in the midst of a disagreement with another business partner, they may need legal help to sort through the problem. Even if they aren’t going to dissolve or break up the partnership, a partner may benefit from some legal guidance. Putting legal problems off can result in a myriad of more difficult problems later.
Business fraud may occur when a business intentionally misrepresents facts in an attempt to gain a financial advantage. If someone has been taken advantage of by a business because of fraudulent practices, it’s time to talk with an attorney that can help.
Employment Related Claims
Not all employees have contracts. Many are what as known as employees at will. A business attorney may review the specific circumstances of each case to determine the exact status of an individual, which can result in a different set of rights. If an employee has a written contract which has been breached, he or she may have a viable case for damages resulting from the breach.
Disputes can occur on both sides of franchise relationships due to the complexity often of franchise contracts. Franchise litigation may not only involve contract disputes but also trademark or copyright issues. Some franchisees may not even realize the full extent of their rights because they haven’t been through their contract with their attorney to fully understand it.
The above are just a few examples of the kinds of disputes a business attorney address. At the Smith Law Office, we are here to help. Call us for a free initial consultation today at 502-561-3434 or click here.