No matter what your line of work is, when your business entails the creation and signing of a contract to document a service agreement, it is important to do everything in your power to avoid a potential breach of contract. Many individuals and entities will not hesitate to sue for what they believe to be a breach of contract, and in many cases, these claims are embellished or in some cases entirely fabricated, depending on the plaintiff’s motives. Such allegations are usually a big source of anxiety for business owners, as these claims can not only affect their livelihood and income but also their reputation in the community, as well.
Are You at Risk for Being Accused of Breach of Contract?
Whatever service you agree to provide a paying client, you are technically at risk for being sued for breach of contract if you fail in any way to perform the service as promised or fail to adhere to any specific standards or criteria required as stated in the terms of your contract.
Here are three common breach of contract scenarios business owners may encounter:
- Incomplete project – This is generally one of the most common scenarios you may run into when you are hired to provide a service. In this type of case, the client claims you never finished the project agreed upon, took the payment, and left the job unfinished. The plaintiff must provide the court with tangible evidence to back up their claim. In some cases, a plaintiff many even attempt to claim an anticipatory breach, which means although you have not breached the contract just yet, they suspect you will do something (or fail to do something) that proves you have plans to breach in some way. This type of breach is much more difficult to prove in court, but it does happen.
- Final product or service delivered not as described – Another typical circumstance that can arise is a client claiming you did indeed finish the job, but the final product was different from or not at all what they ordered. An example would be you building and installing new kitchen cabinets for someone and they say the style and location of the cabinets are not what they originally asked for in the contract.
- Loss or damages – Claims of loss or damages due to a breach can be very tricky to address and are very common. An example of this scenario would be a client claiming that because you were late delivering a service, your error cost them valuable time, energy, and probably a whole lot of money. The client then sues you for damages, which could result in a hefty bill or punishing fine to compensate for whatever loss they incurred due to your deviation from the contract.
Call a Manhattan Business Lawyer for Help
Any time there is a misunderstanding or unintentional deviation from a contract, there is bound to be conflict. Breach of contract cases can be very complex and the consequences far reaching for those who do not know what they are entitled to in a court of law. If you are being accused of breach of contract, you need to speak with a qualified New York City contracts attorney, who can inform you of your rights. Our attorneys at JOEY JACKSON LAW, PLLC have more than 25 years of experience defending our clients’ best interests. Call us today at 833-JOEYJACKSON or 833-563-9522 to schedule a case evaluation.