Contracts are essential to efficient business operations. When contractual performance falls short, the consequences are usually disruptive and costly. At Stark and Keenan, P.A. in Bel Air, Maryland, our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in forging strong agreements that are tailored to businesses’ needs and objectives. We also litigate cases of alleged breach or other nonperformance of contracts, both as plaintiff and defense counsel. When you need assistance in drafting or negotiating a contract or enforcing its terms, you can rely on our Harford County attorneys to effectively protect your interests.
To be enforceable under Maryland law, a contract must show the clear intent of the parties to bind themselves to specified terms. The basic elements of a business contract are an offer to buy or sell goods or services, an acceptance of the offer and a description of the consideration — usually monetary — that will change hands. Business contracts must normally be in writing or be established by actions and communications that confirm the essence of the deal. We are attentive to our clients’ needs by setting contract terms that are enforceable yet flexible in their application.
Contracts may go through extensive rounds of negotiations to make the terms and other conditions acceptable to both parties. Our Maryland attorneys draft contracts for the full range of business needs. If you are just beginning your venture, our business formation attorneys can draft and negotiate contracts to help put your new company on strong footing. We also assist established businesses with contracts, such as non-disclosure agreements to safeguard intellectual property rights. Whatever type of contract you require, our experienced lawyers will work toward ensuring your business is protected.
A breach of contract occurs when either party fails to fulfill one of its terms. A material breach — one that violates the essence of the contract — may lead to a lawsuit or another form of dispute resolution. Here are some examples of material breaches:
There are various remedies available for material breaches, depending on the contractual language and other factors. The breaching party may have to reimburse the other party for their actual losses or pay a fixed amount set in the contract, known as liquidated damages. The breaching party may be ordered to stop doing something that is in conflict with the contract, such as competitive activity in the case of a non-compete agreement. In addition, the non-breaching party may be relieved of their own contractual obligations. Contracts may be structured so that certain provisions remain binding even if others are violated. Whether you are dealing with an alleged breach of contract on the plaintiff or defense side, a skillful Bel Air business litigator from our firm will work zealously to resolve the conflict to your benefit.
For over 20 years, the attorneys at the law firm of Stark and Keenan, P.A. in Bel Air have advised Maryland businesses in all areas of contract law. We can help you with crafting contracts that are well-suited to your business operations and provide you with litigation support in breach of contract cases. To schedule a consultation, call our firm at or contact us online.