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Negotiating a solid business contract can reduce litigation risk

Many Illinois businesses find themselves in a contract dispute sooner or later. Whether they find themselves accused of breach of contract, or must pursue litigation because of the actions of another party, contract disputes can be expensive, drawn out and difficult to resolve. It can also divert the business owners’ time and energy from actually conducting business.

Probably the best way to avoid a contract dispute is to ensure that the contract is as well constructed as possible. No contract is totally litigation-proof. But by outlining each party’s rights and obligations clearly, and providing solutions for almost every possible scenario, a well-written contract can help prevent a situation where going to court is necessary.

For important contracts, many business owners turn to an attorney as an advisor, advocate and negotiator. The negotiation phase is where the parties reach a compromise on the terms of the contract, so that if nobody gets everything they want, they at least are satisfied with what they get. An experienced business law attorney will do his or her best to close the deal without giving up too much for his or her client.

On the other hand, if a business has gotten into a contract dispute, it is not too late. Working with an attorney can help the business defend itself or pursue its rights, depending on the situation. It may be possible to negotiate a settlement, or going to court may be the best option. Either way, making your goals clear to your attorney is important.

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