Every business owner enters into agreements, also known as contracts, with other people or other businesses.  You will need to lease or rent business space; you may want to purchase your own building.   You will need to obtain services and supplies or raw materials from vendors. You will need to obtain advertising and marketing assistance.  Depending on what product or service your business sells, you may also want to have your own customers or clients enter into written agreements with you.   No matter what kind of agreement you enter into, it is critical that you carefully read and be sure you understand everything in the contract because you will be  responsible for fulfilling the terms of that agreement later.

Some agreements are relatively easy to understand because they have been written in plain language, without the use of technical jargon or legal terminology and contain simple terms.  Often, however, you will be faced with a contract of the other sort – lengthy, with small type and wording that is far from clear.  As a business owner you can’t afford to simply sign on the dotted line and hope for the best.  You need to make the investment to have these documents carefully reviewed before you sign.  To do otherwise is to court disaster, in the form of lengthy disputes or worse, lawsuits where you discover that the agreement didn’t really protect your interests at all.

Any kind of significant dispute is going to take you away from running your business and will cost you more money –  even if you win –  than you would spend having that agreement reviewed in the first place.  This truly is the place where most business owners learn the meaning of the old idiom, “penny wise, pound foolish”.   A well prepared agreement, understood by both sides and written in clear, precise language will minimize misunderstandings and expensive disagreements later on.

At The Dean Law Group, we will work with you to ensure two things which are critical to your success in your chosen business: First, that you understand what your obligations will be for any agreements and contracts you are asked to enter into; and Second, that the agreements and contracts you want others to sign are written in clear language that is easy to understand and contains the terms and provisions necessary to protect you and your business to the greatest extent possible.

Among the contracts and agreements we prepare or review for our business clients are:

  • Commercial Leases
  • Purchase and Sales Agreements
  • Service Agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Construction Contracts
  • Sub-Contractor Agreements