Common Business Contracts

Customer & Client Contract Templates
Master Service Agreements
Indemnity Agreements
Releases & Disclaimers of Liability
Construction Contracts
LLC Operating Agreements
Purchase and Sale Agreements
Non-Compete Agreements
Non-Solicitation Agreements
Non-Disclosure Agreements
Employment Contracts
Independent Contractor Agreements
Severance Agreements
Job Offer Letters
Employee Handbooks

Contracts have an unfair reputation of being dull and therefore unnecessary or burdensome, or both. But business contracts serve two key purposes: first, controlling actions by including a set of enforceable promises in an effort to lessen the likelihood of something going wrong, and second, by providing an appropriate remedy and course of action in case something does go wrong. Because contract language acts as a manifestation of the parties’ intent, the choice of words and clauses matter. Without them, intent is subject to speculation. Stacia helps clients with any and all stages of the “life” of a contract.

Business Contracts Lawyer Stacia Hofmann

Planning

Stacia helps business owners and individuals determine whether a contract is a good idea, and if so, what it should cover. What promises need to be legally enforceable? Can some things be optional? Can the client keep their own promises? What is common practice? What does the law say about these types of contracts? How do judges view them?

Drafting

Stacia also drafts contracts. This is the core of Cornerpoint’s business. Stacia recommends important terms to include and explains other options that clients may not even know exist. It is a mistake to assume that contracts cannot be customized. In truth, the possibilities of personalization are endless, and the result should fit the client’s specific needs and purposes. For the same type of contract, one client may choose to include additional clauses and require certain terms, while another may choose to omit those same clauses or require more lenient terms, simply because one has a higher tolerance to risk than, or a different goal from, the other. With Stacia’s help and advice, her clients end up with a contract made just for them.

Reviewing, Revising, & Negotiating

Stacia frequently assists clients by reviewing and revising an existing contract, usually prepared by the other party, or negotiating more favorable terms. The law values fairness in contracts, but it’s an unusual day when a contract is equally fair in every respect. In other words, it is not infrequent to see one provision of a contract benefit one party and a different provision benefit the other, and to varying degrees.

Negotiations help clients who are hoping for the best also plan for the worst and balance risk against reward. Parties entering into agreements are typically excited and optimistic about working together, and as a result, may skip negotiations in a misguided effort to communicate enthusiasm and good-naturedness. Since most good things come to an end, negotiations should not be overlooked.

Interpreting

A contract may already be signed by the time a client makes their way to Stacia. Stacia can answer questions about whether it is enforceable, how the language and terminology might be interpreted, what promises and obligations are owed, and what kind of consequences exist for a party who breaks a promise. Sometimes, Stacia is asked by her clients to review documents or emails and determine if they meet the threshold requirements for a binding contract.

Disputing, Arguing Over, & Litigating

In Stacia’s law practice, she most frequently has occasion to argue about agreements in the context of LLC disputes and exits, and what the business owners promised to each other. On occasion, she handles breach of contract claims: sometimes she represents the party claiming breach of contract, and sometimes she represents the party accused of breaching the contract.

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Business Contracts Template Attorney Stacia Hofmann

Contract Templates for Customers

Some of Stacia’s favorite projects are creating customer contract templates for various types of businesses. These types of contracts can be used over and over again, so they must also be easy to implement and manage.

There are three main goals with contract templates: protect the business, be fair to the customer, and secure payment. Releases and waivers, disclaimers of warranties, indemnity clauses, liquidated damages provisions, attorney’s fee clauses, arbitration provisions, and other special contract tools may be useful and beneficial.