Business Contracts and Agreements
Orange County Business Contracts Attorneys
Business contracts and agreements are a necessary component of every Orange County business — no matter what business you are in. Anytime money changes hands in a business transaction, a contract has been entered. To protect you from potential disagreements or even a lawsuit that could devastate both you and your business it is best that all your daily paperwork documents are explicitly and expertly tailored to protect you from financial or even criminal harm.
REAL LIFE EXAMPLE An associate of ours was recently called on to defend a car stereo installation business. IF ONLY they had had a straight-forward terms of sales contract on the back of their shop agreement that ALL of their clients would sign before the stereo installation, they would now be $15,000 to the good today.
The Back Story – Because they used Quickbooks to generate a simple sales invoice where they typed up what they intended to do and how much the service was to cost, with NO BUSINESS AGREEMENT on the bottom or backside of the copy paper they loaded in their laser printer, they were unprotected when a client claimed to the police that they stole a $30,000 diamond tennis bracelet from their vehicle.
During discovery, it was uncovered that the plaintiff had also visited a car wash immediately following the stereo installation (a more likely business known for customer property theft with multiple people’s hands in every corner of the vehicle — if the bracelet was stolen at all). The car wash customer ticket — just like a ski slope ticket, or a movie ticket, was covered by a short but powerful one-sided agreement that all car wash customer ‘agree to’ by paying for the wash. That ticket held the car wash operator harmless for everything including nuclear attack on Tuesday at 2:31 pm…. That’s exactly how the stereo shop should have protected themselves. In the end, the mediator split the difference and the unprotected car stereo owner had 9-months to fork over a $15,000 cashiers check or the arbitration agreement would become an enforceable court judgment! The fact that the car wash visit was only admitted to in discovery led us to believe that the whole case was a scam. A scam that could have be prevented the minute the customer signed “everyday paperwork” permitting the stereo install while simultaneously agreeing to some very detailed, protective legal wording.
Clear and Concise Business Contract are so Incredibly VALUABLE
Whether you are starting a new business, or starting to be savvy and wise about your existing business, getting your paperwork in legal order is a terrific first step! Drafting a handful of clear and concise business contracts and agreements that you will use in your day to day transactions is wise beyond years. Ask any business owner who has been in business for a decade or more if they’ve ever had any legal “issues?” It is often eyeopening. Operating with clear and concise business contracts and forms is the absolute best prevention for misunderstandings or costly and often-unnecessary litigation. Most business contracts, sales documents, invoices are straight-forward and the small amount of time and cost invested is something you will share with all your friends who remain “legally naked” once you’ve set up your own legal firewalls.
Are You Practicing Unprotected, “Risky Business?”
Not using protection? – The public warnings about risky sex between consenting adults can be analogous to having risky business dealings between consenting adults.
Many of our new clients who come in to do the right thing by way of getting their business documents in order, confess that before they decided to take the plunge into “safe business transactions,” that their day to day business deals (often in tens of thousands of dollars) consisted of a conversation and a handshake or a few email exchanges. That was it! No protective legal “fine print” or “boiler plate” language to protect themselves from the obvious pitfalls of their risky business dealings. Nothing! Not using protection!. Bare and naked – in the eyes of the law.
In helping our clients to get their day to day business documents in order, we first brainstorm their typical and special transactions looking for the “what-ifs” that are common to those types of business transactions by industry. The car stereo debacle is pretty straight-forward, but far different from the protections that a custom kitchen cabinet maker/installer needs to protect themselves, including their interactions with city inspectors, the CSLB and their State Contractors License and all that extra legal baggage. Don’t you just love operating a business in California?
Specific Contractual Verbiage Necessary for EVERY Business
We can quickly and efficiently draft the day to day contractual verbiage that you can have printed on your forms, or add to your QuickBooks software to print on your forms as needed. Many of our clients take their new contractual language and size it to look just like any pre-printed forms you might see at Staples, and then print their sales invoices on the blank side. It looks terrific and offers powerful, custom-tailored legal protections that are designed just for you and your business. Similarly, we can prepare ready-to-go, typeset versions of your standard form or “template contracts and agreements” that you can have run off at very inexpensive printing places the likes of Vista Print or Costco printing services for your business use.
Your day to day documents should contain certain – powerful recitals and include covenants, representations, service and product warranties, disclaimers, limitations of liability or remedy, indemnification clauses, confidentiality clauses, protections for intellectual property, types or forms of notice, termination clauses, a choice of law venue and forum, and dispute resolution clauses.
Providing Affordable Business Contract Drafting & Reveiw
We fully understand that affordable cost is the primary concern underlying any business investment. Whether providing your business with revised and tailored standard form agreements or assisting you in the review, drafting, negotiating or formalizing a specific agreements for a large and meaningful transaction, we can work within your budget to provide you and your business the expert legal representation you need. We are experienced with many contracts and agreements, including, but not limited to the following types of commercial agreements:
- Business Formation Agreements
- Commercial Lease Agreements & Review
- Customer Contracts and Agreements
- Employment & Independent Contractor Agreements
- Equipment Lease Agreements
- Licensing Agreements
- Management Contracts
- Partnership Agreements
- Profit Sharing Agreements
- Purchase and Sale Agreements
- Non-Disclosure, Confidentiality, Non-Competition, Non-Compete Agreements
- Real Estate Agreements & Review
- Real Estate, Landlord/Tenant Agreements & Review
- Vendor and Distributor Agreements
Whether your business is located in Orange County, Los Angeles, or Riverside, we can provide you with the affordable legal services you require to keep your business protected and thriving.
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