Contract Disputes Attorney & Lawsuits in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia
Longman & Van Grack’s contract attorneys and commercial litigation attorneys have decades of experience representing clients in contract disputes (whether in court or out of court) in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. Our contract lawyers work with clients to resolve all types of legal contract disputes, whether through negotiation, mediation, or lawsuits. We work with individuals who have contract disputes as well as business and companies involved in contract matters. Longman & Van Grack’s contract attorneys and commercial litigation lawyers have worked with clients to enforce contracts when an opponent has breach a contract, and our contract lawyers have worked with clients who have been wrongfully accused of a breach of contract or other contractual-based allegation. Our contract dispute attorneys’ goals are to resolve your contract dispute as quickly and efficiently as possible. For this reason, most of our contract dispute clients have been able to resolve their legal disputes prior to an actual trial. We strongly encourage resolving contract disputes through alternative dispute resolution (such as mediation and settlement) if at all possible. However, if necessary, our contract attorneys and commercial litigation attorneys have all the necessary skills and experience to litigate contract disputes at trial in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington DC.
In Maryland, most contract disputes will be litigated in the Maryland District Court or Maryland Circuit Court. In Washington DC, most contract disputes will be litigated in the DC Superior Court. In Virginia, most contract disputes will be litigated Virginia District Court or Virginia Circuit Court.
Most people enter into contracts on a daily basis both in their personal lives and in a business context. You may not realize it, but whenever you sign up for a new social media account, purchase tickets to a sporting event, or even rent a movie, you are likely entering into a contract. Contracts can be complicated and difficult to understand and often a disagreement regarding the terms of a contract and the responsibilities of the parties arise. When a contract dispute arises — whether an accusation of a breach of contract, contract term disagreement, or other dispute — one party often resorts to a contract lawsuit in court. Longman & Van Grack’s contract lawyers and commercial litigation attorneys are experienced in all types of contract disputes in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.
What is a Contract?
A contract is an agreement that is legally enforceable. A contract in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC con often be oral or written, although some types of contracts must be written to be enforceable. A contract creates an obligation between one or more of the parties to it. If one party fails to fulfill its obligations, the other party may bring legal action to protect their rights under the contract.
Individuals and businesses use a wide array of contracts to buy and sell items, formalize relationships, and structure operations. Longman & Van Grack’s contract lawyers and commercial litigation attorneys are experienced in enforcing and defending all of these different types of contracts. Some of the most common contracts for individuals are purchase and sale and service contracts with other individuals or businesses. Businesses frequently use purchase and sales agreements, vendor agreements, supply contracts and franchise agreements. Longman & Van Grack’s business law attorneys work directly with our contract attorneys to address all of these types of business contract disputes. Employers and employees often enter into work-related contracts such as employment agreements and contracts with independent contractors and distributors, as well as non-compete agreements and confidentiality contracts. The breach of these types of contracts and more can result in a contract dispute.
Issues in Contract Disputes
There are many issues to consider when involved in a contract dispute. Before a claim for breach of contract can be pursued in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington DC, it is important to understand what each party’s obligations are and if those obligations have been met. Our contract attorneys work with each client to answer all of these questions. As contracts are often intricate and complex agreements it may be unclear what the parties’ duties actually are and if they were performed in accordance with the terms of the document. After it is clear that the contract has been breached, the extent of the breach must also be assessed. For a successful contract claim in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia, the non-breaching party must also be able to show that the breach resulted in damages. Our contract attorneys work tirelessly to establish these contract damages for our clients in court. It should also be investigated as to whether the breaching party acted in bad faith as this may affect the non-breaching party?s claim. Our contract dispute lawyers help our clients evaluate the contract, identify all related issues and decide on the best course of action for recovery. Remedies for a breach of contract in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC may include restitution, specific performance, damages and/or rescission (a discharge of both parties from their obligations).
How Can Longman & Van Grack Assist Clients in a Contract Dispute?
Contracts are common legal tools frequently used among individuals and in nearly every business throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. Unfortunately, contracts can be complicated and lengthy documents, written in what may seem like another language. We meet with each of our clients directly to discuss all options and the contract details at our offices in Montgomery County (Rockville, Maryland, Bethesda, Maryland) or Washington DC.
Fortunately, the contract dispute attorneys at Longman & Van Grack have the ability to decipher these documents. If you are in a contract dispute with an individual or business, our contract attorneys will take time to thoroughly review your case and the contract at issue to determine what the respective parties’ responsibilities are and if a breach of contract has occurred. Drawing on years of experience, our contract disputes and litigation legal team will guide you on the best course of action for an efficient and smooth resolution. Contact us at (301) 291-5027 for a contract dispute attorney consultation today at one our Maryland (Rockville or Bethesda) Offices or Washington DC Office.