Contract disputes are often aggravating, especially because the terms have been plainly set forth or discussed by both parties — and yet, suddenly, business operations fail due to a breach of that contract. Most contract disputes primarily involve a breach of contract, of which there are a few kinds you should be familiar with if you plan to seek our legal representation.
Breaches of Contract Come in Two Forms
First off, you should know that a breach simply translates to a failure to carry out the terms of the contract. Next, it's important to be aware of the difference between material and non-material breaches so you can be prepared for what to expect during the legal process.
- Material Breaches - When it comes to contract law, a material breach is a violation that completely undoes the purpose of the contract in the first place, thereby rendering it "irreparably broken." This strikes at the root of the already-established agreement between the parties involved and results in immediate grounds to file a lawsuit.
- Non-Material Breaches - Any breach that fails to defeat the purpose of the contract. For example, if you signed a contract to acquire a used car with tinted windows but received a car with ordinary windows, the purpose of the contract (acquisition of a car) will remain intact.
The intricacies of material breaches versus non-material breaches run deep, so it's important to seek our help in determining the nature of your contract dispute.