Contract Attorney Lexington KY
At our office, we deal with complex contracts in Lexington, KY (and in other Kentucky counties) on a daily basis. For example, we negotiate, draft and review the following types of contracts in the areas of construction law, business law, family law, entertainment law, and general civil litigation:
- Construction contracts
- General contractor contracts
- Subcontractor contracts
- Supplier contracts
- Offers to purchase real estate
- Real estate contracts
- Lease Agreements
- Deeds of Conveyance, including Quit Claim Deeds
- Settlement agreements
- Operating Agreements (for Lexington KY businesses)
- Corporate By-Laws (for Lexington KY businesses)
- Employment agreements
- Agency agreements
- Talent agreements
- Agreed civil restraining orders
- Various types of agreed orders
- Antenuptial agreements (aka prenuptial agreements)
- Property settlement agreements (aka separation agreements)
- Custody agreements
- Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
Unfortunately, many folks sign terrible, one-sided contracts. Others sign contracts they don’t understand. Even if you’re experienced in Lexington KY business transactions and you’re asked to sign corporate documents, or even if you’re asked to sign a construction contract and you’ve been in the construction industry your entire life, or even if you’re getting divorced and you’re asked to sign a contract that looks reasonable on the surface, contracts often contain terms you might not understand (sometimes called “legalese”). Or, even if you understand the terms, the contract may have broader implications than you might expect.
Another common problem we see is that people enter into what we refer to as “handshake deals” when the situation would be better served with a written contract. When you proceed on a handshake, it is no wonder why the parties often disagree as to what oral terms were actually agreed upon. A written contract is especially important when you’re dealing with larger projects or when valuable assets are at stake.
Finally, one general rule is that if someone asks you to sign a contract but refuses to negotiate any of its terms, it may be that the contract is more favorable to him or her than it is to you. But not every contract is made on a “take it or leave it” basis. Many terms in a contract can be negotiated to protect your interests. Sometimes, the inclusion or exclusion of a single word or phrase can cause a court to interpret the contract differently. It is worth contacting Breck Norment to review your contract so that you are protected on the front end and not engaging in expensive and time-consuming litigation later. There are also times when we recommend that our clients simply “walk away” from the deal. If the terms of a contract are so offensive or one-sided that it becomes unfair to you, we may recommend that you not sign the agreement at all.
All of the above reasons are why retaining an experienced Lexington KY contract attorney is essential. If you are considering entering into a contract with anyone for any reason whatsoever, it is worth having a lawyer look at the terms of that contract. Lexington KY attorney Breck Norment is experienced in contracts and can advise you on common contractual issues, potential pitfalls in contract language, and the implications of certain language you may not understand. He will have your best interests in mind and work to protect those interests.