What exactly is a contract lawyer?
A contract lawyer is a lawyer who focuses on providing legal support with business contracts. They may have special education or experience in certain areas of contract law and business. They have great knowledge of contracts, contract specifications, and laws about contracts in your area. Business contract attorneys like Brian Zinn ant ZinnLaw will often draft, review and negotiate business agreements for their clients.
Some contract lawyers will choose to specialize in only certain areas of the contract law. These can be sales agreement contracts or intellectual property contracts. Intellectual property contracts will usually include licensing of the intellectual property and can be more complicated.
Some contract lawyers focus on tax contracts in order to support their clients with items such as property tax, international tax or corporate taxes. Other areas of focus can include employment contract attorneys, affiliate agreement attorneys, and subscription agreement attorneys.
What does a contract lawyer do for their clients?
The job responsibilities of a contract lawyer involve drafting contracts, reviewing contracts and making sure their clients’ rights are fully protected. Contract lawyers are well versed in the requirements of contracts and how to make sure they can be enforced. These kind of contracts usually include specific legal elements and language.
A contract lawyer will help a business or individual include any necessary terminology needed in respects to their business needs as well as include specific legal language the individual may not know is actually necessary to have the contract be binding.
How expensive is working with a contract lawyer?
Contract attorney costs will vary based upon the individual experience of the attorney and the facts of the case he or she is handling. There may be different fees for different portions of the overall process such as drafting, negotiation or working up a breach of contract document.
The cost of a breach of contract case will fluctuate based on the many factors of the case. Some contracts provide several scenarios of how attorney’s fees will be paid by the parties involved. The claims asserted and their complexity may also factor in. Other factors to be aware of that can affect the costs are:
The attorney’s specific hourly fee;
Is the attorney paid hourly or at a flat fee;
The number of hours spent working on a case;
The cost of filing fees set by the local court system; and
Whether the case ends going to court or is settled outside of court.
How do I know if I need a contract lawyer?
Contracts can, in themselves, be complicated documents. It is recommended you consult with an experienced contract lawyer, like Brian Zinn, during the contract drafting process, and also, if any disputes show up out of the contract. An experienced contract attorney like Brian will assist with the crafting of the contract and review process.
A contract attorney can also make sure that adequate safeguards against any complications, errors and/or misunderstandings are built within the contract. A contract attorney can also help prevent legal issues that may arise from a poorly written contract and then represent you in court if required.