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When Should You Hire an Attorney to Draft a Contract for You?

When Should You Hire an Attorney to Draft a Contract for You?

No one wants to spend money on an attorney if it’s not necessary yet not hiring a business attorney can end up costing more in the long run. At Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell we know that you may not want an attorney to review every contract you draft. For example, if you lend your friend $100 you likely do not need an attorney to look over your informal contract.

On the other hand, something more complicated such as a business merger would obviously require the help of an attorney. These are easy decisions to make but the tough choices are between them. How do you decide when you have a situation that is neither that simple nor that complex? At Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell we are always happy to take your call and help you understand how we can help. You can also read on to get tips on situations that may require an attorney and those that may not.

Do Not Trust Boilerplate Language

There are numerous websites that offer contracts you can download. They claim to have all the legalese needed and to a non-attorney they can appear comprehensive. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. For example, it’s common for these to be general contracts that are not adapted for particular states. This can be an issue when a contract includes a clause that is not enforceable in your state or the state of other parties involved in the contract.

Second, the boilerplate language could include items that are not enforceable anywhere. There is a misconception that if a contract states a fact then it is always law by reason of both parties signing it. People believe that if Terms and Conditions for a product or service are agreed to by the party using or buying the product or service, then they are always legal. This is not the case.

There are many specific things that are not legal to include in a contract. Depending on the specifics of the case, if there is a major portion of the contract that is rendered unenforceable, then the entire contract could be deemed unenforceable.

We Can Help Create and Negotiate Contracts

Not only can we create contracts that are legally binding for all parties, but we may be able to negotiate the best possible deal for you. Depending on what the contract is for, we may be able to find alternative, creative solutions. You may not realize that a contract is not in your favor until an attorney reads it.

Whether the contract is a lease or a business merger, it is likely worth it to at least have an attorney review your contract before signing it. The process is simple: Just contact Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell at (909) 920-0908 and let us get you started right away.


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