Not all legal documents are created equal. A skilled and experienced contract draftsman is invaluable. The contract attorneys at McClanahan Powers use their knowledge and expertise to craft tailored contracts to their client’s specific needs. When drafting or writing a contract, agreement, or legal document, a skilled drafter creates a legally valid and enforceable, aiming to protect their client’s legal interests and rights while clearly expressing the party’s understanding or parties. Further, a skilled contract lawyer takes the time to make sure the client is comfortable with the document, understands how it works, and what its limitations are. Without guidance and understanding, even a well-drafted contract is simply a piece of paper with writing on it.
Drafting a Contract that Favors and Protects Your Interests and Rights
The party that drafts the contract will most often have language in the agreement that is more beneficial to their side. Therefore, when you are faced with the option, you want to be the drafting party. An experienced contract lawyer will know how to draft a contract or document that favors you or your business but maintains terms that are fair and reasonable to the other party. However, there is a difference between preparing clear language and writing language into a contract that is detrimental to the agreement between the parties or the purpose of the contract. If it undermines the parties and the deal they agreed to, then the drafting of the agreement can be the same item that ruins the agreement between the parties. For this reason, it is vital to choose a contract attorney to draft your agreement who is capable of writing clear language but who also balances that with preserving the relationships of the parties and the strength of their agreement.
Contracts, Agreements, and Legal Documents
A contract should explain the story of the agreement and the parties involved. A reader, with no other explanation, knowing nothing else, should understand what is going on in the contract and understand the agreement of the parties. Indeed, some provisions will contain legal language or legalese, which may express in greater detail more complex components of the contract; however, gone are the days of archaic legal language where neither party understands the first ten provisions. There is simply no need to write the general terms of the agreement in old English. A contract attorney writes and organizes a contract or agreement that the client can understand in modern practice. The document should be well organized, and its terms expressed in understandable language so that all parties feel comfortable and understand the contract they are signing.
Creating a Contract that is Valid and Enforceable
At its heart, a contract is a written expression of a promise or an exchange of promises between two parties for consideration. When each party performs its duties in the agreement, most of the concerns or problems present or contemplated when the contract was drafted never arise. The importance of having a valid and enforceable contract is exacerbated when a problem does occur. Consequently, it is an essential component to consider when drafting an agreement. If the contract is not legally valid, there is no contract. If you cannot enforce your rights under a contract, then you are left with a signed piece of paper that you can only hope the other side will honor. Therefore, it is vital to work with an experienced contract attorney who understands contract law and challenges contracts. Using that knowledge, a practiced contract lawyer can prepare language in the contract to help maximize your protection and help ensure that the contract and its provisions remain valid and enforceable.
Reviewing and Editing Contracts
It is always preferable to be the drafting party to a contract or agreement. Our firm routinely drafts its contracts, but many clients have preexisting contracts that they would like to have revised. However, bearing that in mind, it is often more affordable for a client to draft a new contract using our general structure than fixing a very poorly organized and prepared agreement. This is not always the situation. In many cases, we need only update the contract’s language to reflect new developments or changes in a business or present law. In some cases, after we have read and analyzed the contract or agreement, we may feel that it is sufficient as written for its intended purpose. This conclusion often reduces our client’s fees and costs associated with representation.
Reviewing and Revising Legal Documents Supplied by the Opposing Party
Our firm and its contract attorneys frequently review and edit contracts supplied by outside parties to our clients. We work with our clients to understand the agreements or legal documents they are being asked to sign. Then, we edit the legal language to accurately reflect the parties’ understandings and protect our client’s interests. In many cases, this legal service requires some level of negotiation between the parties; therefore, it is essential to have an attorney who is a skilled contract drafter and who has experience in negotiation and litigation. Our contract attorneys are experienced at all levels of the contracts process, from drafting and writing contracts, agreements, and licenses to negotiating business deals and terms to enforcing and defending contracts through litigation.