Wichita Business Contracts & Agreements
Business Contracts & Negotiations
It can be expensive and distracting for your business to be involved in a contract dispute. But, many of the problems we see in contract disputes are easily preventable. Problems often occur when people make handshake deals or use form contracts they find or buy off the internet.
The Wichita contract lawyers at Davis Business Law can defend your business if someone brings a breach of contract claim against you. And we can also pursue a lawsuit to enforce your rights if the other party breaches. But importantly, we can use what we have learned from litigating other businesses’ mistakes to help you from repeating those mistakes.
Contracts are important. Whether it is a lease, an employment contract, a shareholder’s or operating agreement, or purchasing contract – we highly recommend your business have a Wichita contract attorney draft or review it before you sign it. Davis Business Law wants to help.
Types of Business Contracts
Common business contracts include:
- Partnership or shareholder agreements.
- Employment agreements with non-compete and non-solicitation clauses.
- Purchase or vendor agreements.
These are only some of the types of contracts businesses face. Being the most common, we discuss them below.
Partnership or Shareholder Agreements
A partnership is any two or more people entering a joint venture together. Every partnership should have a written partnership agreement. Members of a limited liability company should have a written operating agreement, similar to a partnership agreement. And shareholders in a corporation, particularly closely-held corporations, should have a written shareholder agreement.
The purpose of these contracts is to define the rights and responsibilities of each member, partner, or shareholder. Too often, we see minority business owners pushed out or kept in the dark. We also see owners refusing to cooperate or do any work and still expecting income. How does a new member enter your business? How does a member sell or leave?
These are all essential questions that one should put into a written contract. However, if your business does not have a partnership, operating, or shareholder agreement, you can reduce your risk of a lawsuit by letting the experienced Wichita contract attorneys with Davis Business Law help prepare one for you.
Choosing where to set up a shop is an important decision for a business, particularly a newer one. Clearly defining the expectations of the tenant and the landlord is crucial. Sometimes a landlord will push a company into quickly signing a lease with very one-sided terms. Sometimes a tenant will ignore the lease terms and fail to maintain or use the property as agreed.
Davis Business Law’s Wichita contract attorneys help tenants and landlords draft good leases that avoid conflicts or pursue one’s rights if the agreement is breached.
Non-Compete & Non-Solicitation Agreements
Many employers require an employment agreement as a condition of employment. And for many positions, it is a good idea. Those employment agreements can also include provisions preventing the employee from competing against the employer or soliciting employer clients or employees, even for years after the employment ends.
Courts will often enforce non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, but they must be tailored in specific ways for a court to want to enforce them. For example, courts will examine the geographic scope of the limitation or how long it lasts. Courts will also determine whether it protects a particular business interest or just regular competition (which a court is less likely to protect).
If your business needs to draft an employment agreement or your employer is asking you to sign one, Davis Business Law’s contract attorneys can help.
Purchase or Customer Agreements
Businesses purchase materials, supplies, and services and need contracts to obtain those things. Companies can also provide products and services to clients or customers and should have contracts for those transactions. Whether your business is buying or selling, obtaining a fairly-negotiated contract can help the parties avoid disputes.
Before your business signs a contract, a Davis Business Law Wichita contract attorney can review it. It is also better to have a business attorney draft the agreement if your business can.
Breach of Contract
A breach of contract is simply when one party does not do what they promised to do, causing harm to the other party. The Davis Business Law team has experienced litigators who are comfortable in a courtroom and can give experienced advice on how a case could turn out based on what our business attorneys have seen before. If your business is involved in a breach of a contract dispute, we want to help.
Contact A Wichita Contract Attorney Today
Sometimes disputes happen, and the experienced contract litigators at Davis Business Law can either pursue an action to enforce your rights or defend an action someone else filed against you. But, many disputes can be avoided by investing beforehand in good contract review or drafting.
We know you would rather your business spend less money now to prevent a lawsuit than more money later to defend or pursue one. Davis Business law can help you.
Call us at (316) 252-2291 or complete the form below. Your form will be directly emailed to us for a quick reply, typically within 1 business day often within hours the same day. All information is confidential.
Meet Our Wichita Business Lawyers
John Sill, Esq.
Derek I. Grimes, Esq.
Jared Marsh, Esq.
151 S Whittier St
Wichita, KS 67207
Davis Business Law
Wichita, KS 67207