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A contract is simply a written document which records terms of any agreement between two or more parties. Knowing the legal necessities of any basic contract definitely will allow you to easily draft a document which is not only binding but also enforceable by the law. Therefore, it is ideal that in case you want to issue a contract somewhere, you carry out some research so that you can be in a position to write something great that will defend you in the future. This write –up will provide you different tips that can help you in writing a legally binding business contract.
It is important that you understand state laws since only a few categories of contracts must be put down on paper. However, it’s a great idea having a written binding business contract signed by all the parties involved. Generally, if the transaction is relatively simple, the contract also can be simple. However, you must pay attention to any details you’ re not sure with in order to avoid issues in the future.
When writing a legally binding business contract, start by writing names of the parties being involved in the agreement. You should never write the name of the person representing any entity but rather write the entity’s name.
The terms should simply constitute the body of the contract. Begin by clearly stating what the scope of the service or work you’ re to offer, as well as the timeline that you’re proposing for the work to be completed.
Always ensure that you’re specific to whatever you’re putting down. For instance, do not just say you’ll renovate your client’s kitchen. Try to offer details of the countertops, cabinet designs and the other materials as well as work you’ll provide.
Depending on the scope of the project, the legally binding business contract should include;
*Hourly rate for your time due to details resulted by the client(s), or for request to perform extra work by the client.
*Late fees in case the client does not pay on time.
*Payment for the task completed should the client happen to cancel the contract.
Last, but definitely not the least, if both parties are satisfied with the terms and conditions of the contract, they should sign and date the contract.
Disclaimer: This article is intended to provide a general summary of laws in the State of California and should not be construed as a legal opinion nor a complete legal analysis of the subject matter. Noelle Minto is an attorney at NM Law, APC in Tustin, California, a law firm specializing in Trusts & Estates and Business Transactions.