Business Disputes: It’s What We Do
  1. Home
  2.  — 
  3. Blog
  4.  — How can you avoid contract disputes?
Photo of attorneys E. Kelly Conway, Michael E. Gehring and Stephen G. Harvey

How can you avoid contract disputes?

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2024 | Blog, Business Disputes

Virtually all businesses use contracts to prevent misunderstandings. However, improper drafting of these agreements can lead to disputes.

In order to ensure the utmost clarity, business contracts must contain certain key elements.

Clearly define terms and expectations

To begin, clearly define all terms and expectations. This includes specifying the obligations of each party involved, deadlines, payment terms and any other relevant details. By ensuring that all parties have a clear understanding, you can minimize the chances of disputes later on.

Be specific and detailed

In addition to defining terms, it is important to use detailed language. Vague or ambiguous wording can lead to different interpretations. Take the time to carefully spell out the terms and conditions, and use precise language to leave no room for confusion.

Document everything

Throughout the negotiation and execution of a contract, keeping thorough documentation of all happenings is key. This includes emails, meeting minutes and any other correspondence. Maintaining a clear record can provide evidence of what the parties agreed to.

Review and revise carefully

Before finalizing a contract, you must review and revise it carefully. Take the time to read through the document multiple times, checking for any errors or inconsistencies. It can also be helpful to have a trusted colleague review the contract with fresh eyes to catch any potential issues.

Communicate effectively

Effective communication is key to avoiding contract disputes. Make sure that all parties have access to pertinent information throughout the process. Also, encourage open dialogue to address any questions or concerns that may arise.

By fostering a collaborative and transparent approach, you can minimize misunderstandings and build trust among all parties.