Dealing with contracts is standard when running a small business. These essential tools will not only help you manage your relationships but also protect you from legal liability. Here are some key contracts that our Omaha business attorneys often recommend to clients:
- Sales Contracts: Many businesses sell goods. And many of those businesses need a sales contract. It spells out the price, terms, and conditions for the sale of products, equipment, or other goods. Key terms, such as warranties and responsibility for taxes, are commonly included in this type of contract.
- Service Contracts: This contract is typically needed if your company provides professional services rather than products. It outlines the terms and conditions under which you complete those services. It also lays out your responsibilities and liabilities.
- Independent Contractor Agreements: You may decide to use consultants or short-term employees in the course of business. It is a good idea to have signed agreements with each one of them. This contract covers elements such as the scope, payment schedule, and deadline for work.
- Confidentiality Agreements: Protecting your proprietary information is key. A confidentiality agreement, also known as a non-disclosure agreement, keeps recipients from divulging or releasing the information without consent. It also prevents unauthorized modifications or copies of the protected information.
- Noncompete Agreements: No one wants to go up against former employees or business partners. This agreement prevents recipients from working for or starting up a competing business. It also protects certain proprietary information, such as client lists.
It’s no secret that contracts can be complex. They need to be carefully drafted and well thought out. And since contracts can largely dictate the operations of your business, mistakes are costly. Our attorneys want to help you avoid those mistakes. We draft and review contracts to ensure legality and understanding. Our attorneys also have experience resolving contract disputes.
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