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How to Write a Contract

Introduction

Writing a contract is the only legitimate way to protect your deal and ensure a proper compliance with contract conditions for both parties. Obviously, the easiest way to do it right is hiring a lawyer, but in fact the process is fairly easy. If you know the basic requirements for writing a contract, you can do it yourself without paying a specialist.

Do's

1

Define the terms of your contract

Particularly, you should mention what product or service is sold/bought, the price, deadlines, etc. Discuss that with your partner and make sure you understood each other correctly and both are agree on these terms.

2

Check the samples

Obviously, each contract is unique and has its own peculiarities, but that's a good idea to have a sample to get the idea of what it should look like.

3

Write a whereas clause

In this part, you talk about the products/services that you are going to exchange, state the names and addresses of the parties.

4

Terms and conditions

Particularly, you should define how this product/service's exchange will be performed, including time frames, duties and rights of both parties. Also, mention what will happen if you will be unsatisfied about the quality of products/services, or in case one of the parties breaks the deadline.

5

Effective period of agreement and terms of termination of the contract

It depends on various factors depending on your specific situation.

6

Leave blank lines for signatures at the bottom of the page

They should be preceded by the names and positions of the signing parties.

7

Proofread

Read the contract carefully once again and make sure you included every point you need. If you have any specific needs, such as warranties, fees, or confidentiality, feel free to include these clauses as well.

Don'ts

  • Don't use the same structure for each and every contract. Each state has its own specific requirements for contracts, and you want to check with them before you write or sign anything. Besides, some types of contracts as well as some states require notarization.
  • Don't forget to check with the statute of frauds. Some precuts and services can't be the subject of your contract, so make sure your goods are not in this list of exceptions.
  • Don't neglect proofreading. Make sure your contract has a proper structure and grammar. Check the Uniform Commercial Code to learn more about the vocabulary requirements.
  • Don't sign any contracts written by the opposite party without checking it. Feel free to use a lawyer's advice and ask him to evaluate the contract. Never sign anything that doesn't look legit.

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Conclusion

Writing a good contract means the difference between a successful business deal and a failure. This is the best way to protect your interests and make your business deal secure. Check detailed guidelines and use some legal advice if you decided to write a contract by yourself.

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