What Constitutes a Breach of Contract in GA?
According to Georgia law, you can sue someone for breach of contract if you signed a legally valid contract with them and they did not abide by the terms of the contract.
Half of business is promising to do things, and the other half is doing them. Since promises are only words, and talk is cheap, you can base your decisions on someone else’s promise if both parties have put them in writing in the form of a signed contract. Businesses use contracts to hire employees, get supplies from vendors, and enter into projects jointly with other businesses. If the other person or company does not fulfill the promises they made in the contract, you can suffer heavy financial losses. The good news is that the law makes it possible for you to seek compensation for those losses through a breach of contract lawsuit. For help drafting contracts that protect you from breaches, or for help dealing with a breach of contract that has already occurred, contact the Norcross corporate law attorneys at Zimmerman & Associates.
Creating a Breach-Proof Contract
It is obvious that a contract should identify the parties involved and the rights and responsibilities of each; two sixth graders establishing a lemonade stand would think to include these provisions. It is the provisions about contract renewal, termination, and dispute resolution that will determine how easy or difficult it is to protect your financial interests in the event of a breach. These are some provisions your contract should include to make dispute resolution easier:
- Whether the contract can be renewed, whether it automatically renews itself, and how to renew it or indicate that you do not wish to renew it.
- Procedures for early termination of the contract.
- Which courts have jurisdiction to resolve disputes related to the contract and whether the parties must participate in arbitration in addition to or instead of going to court.
- Which events count as force majeure (“acts of god”) events that make it so that neither party is legally liable if they cannot fulfill their contractual obligations.
How Breach of Contract Lawsuits Work
You can sue someone for breach of contract if they do not do something that they promised to do in the contract, such as paying money or providing information, services, or supplies. In order for the breach of contract lawsuit to succeed, you must prove that a contract existed between the two parties and that it was legally valid. You must also prove that the other party failed to fulfill its obligations and to follow the instructions specified in the contract. Force majeure clauses should be as specific as possible, or else you will be stuck arguing about which pandemic-related disruptions absolve you of your contractual obligations and which ones do not.
Contact Zimmerman & Associates About Your Breach of Contract Case in Georgia
An Atlanta corporate lawyer can help you if the person or business with which you have signed a contract has failed to meet their contractual obligations. Contact Zimmerman & Associates in Norcross, Georgia to set up a consultation.