If you’re a business owner, one of the things you should know is how to write contracts. If you’re a small-time business owner who can’t afford a lawyer to draft your contracts for you, you must be the one to write them yourself. The practical way to learn is to seek training. One such resource is through the Internet via online courses like Contract Training by Devant.
When studying what a perfect contract is you must first understand what a contract is and what it is used for – a written agreement between two parties. It is a legal document that details the agreed exchange of goods and services between said parties. Contracts need to have all the crucial information so that they can protect both parties and make sure that the transaction is fair.
An effective contract is easy to read and has only relevant information. You’ll have to learn some legal jargon here and there to entirely be able to understand how to write effective contracts, however, so you can ensure fairness between you and the other party.
As an owner of a company, you’ll need to be able to understand legal jargon and read even the most tedious of contracts. This is so that you’ll know what you are getting into whenever you sign a contract to protect your company.
So what are the fundamentals you need to understand about contracts? Here are some of them:
- You should not enter into a contract when not necessary. Contracts are only required when large amounts of money or items and services of great value are at stake. Buying a car involves more money than buying a bag of candies, for example. And so you need a contract for the former and not for the latter. A person agreeing to work for someone is also an agreement that requires a contract to ensure that the employee will be fairly compensated with the agreed amount.
- You and the other party must be legally able to participate in the contract. This means that individuals involved must be adults and mentally sound. If there are minors involved, such as the employment of a young actor, it must be the legal guardians or the parents who sign the contract for him. Both parties signing the contract must be both aware of the contracts’ content and understand it so that both parties know if or when the other party violates the contract.
- Both parties must be in agreement with the terms in the contract and that this agreement is in good faith. None of the parties should have anything against the contract, and both parties must have signed the contract willingly and not forced under pressure by anyone.
- Finally, a contract must be complete. It has all the relevant information of the two parties involved, what the agreement is between the two parties, what the agreed price was between the two parties, and how the contract can be terminated.
With that said, the contract must also be in accordance with the law. A contract that infringes the law is not legally binding. If everything above is followed, the contracts you write will not only be legal but will protect every party’s rights as participants in the contract.