Contract Drafting and Review

Contract Drafting and Review

Contracts are one of the foundations of doing business, but they can be complex and hard to understand. Big companies have a team of lawyers to draft one-sided contracts and take advantage of business owners who try to negotiate on their own. Whether you are creating a new contract form, reviewing a contract, or negotiating a relationship, having the help of an experienced contract attorney can help reduce time and expense, manage risk, avoid unnecessary disputes, limit liability, and avoid unintended legal consequences. Many clients don’t believe big company master service agreements are subject to negotiation, but they are.

At Adair Myers Graves Stevenson, we know the implications a bad contract can have on your business. Signing a contract before an attorney reviews it could mean unknowingly agreeing to unfair terms or unfavorable conditions. Negotiating contracts on your own can be difficult and result in a less beneficial agreement. To best protect your business, contracts must be well-written to ensure enforceability and not so one sided as to shift all exposure and liability to you. The Houston contract attorneys at Adair Myers Graves Stevenson can handle all of your contract concerns to assist you in obtaining the best outcome for your business. If you can describe it, we can write it.

Our attorneys have experience with all types of contracts, including:

  • Commercial Lease Contracts
  • Employment Contracts
  • Non-Competes
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Purchase Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Operating Agreements
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Licensing Issues
  • Trade Agreements
  • Supplier Contracts
  • Master Service Agreements
  • Consulting Agreements
  • Software Creation and Licensing
  • Royalty Agreements
  • Sale of Businesses

When business owners operate without a contract or operate under a faulty or one-sided agreement, it puts them at risk for disagreements from which it is difficult to recover financial damages and may shift the exposure to liability unfairly. To best protect yourself and your business, it is crucial for contracts to be expertly negotiated and drafted to stand up to litigation and enforcement.

Well-written contracts contain these four elements:

  1. All parties must be in agreement over the terms of the contract.
  2. All parties must be capable of making a contract, meaning they understand the terms and have authority to bind the parties.
  3. Something of value must be exchanged – usually goods, services, or money.
  4. There must be a clear offer and acceptance of the contract.

Houston Contract Attorney

Contract disputes are one of the most common legal issues business owners face, but with the help of a contract attorney, many disputes can be avoided. For unavoidable disputes, our attorneys can make sure your contracts will stand up to the test of litigation.

The Houston business attorneys at Adair Myers Graves Stevenson have helped businesses of all sizes with contract drafting, review, and negotiation for more than 40 years. With experience in nearly all industries, our attorneys know what terms are most favorable for your business. Call us today for a free initial consultation to discuss your contract concerns.