Business owners may want to work with partners or vendors. Either way, they need contracts to help keep everyone on the same page and protect their rights.
Chron explains a business contract’s most essential elements. Knowing what belongs on an agreement saves time and protects interests.
Contracts should list an offer, such as employment. Besides what parties agree to do by signing the agreement, the document may list what parties agree to not do. It helps to use clear language in offers, so all parties understand their shared and individual responsibilities.
Valid agreements require voluntary acceptance. If one party feels coerced, blackmailed or forced into signing, the agreement does not stand. Exterior elements should not affect acceptance.
A contract’s consideration need not be money. Instead, it represents what one party gives to complete the agreement. The consideration equals something of value.
The legal intent
Legal agreements include the intent for the contract to become binding. Friends and family may make loose agreements if they do not intend to take legal action if someone does not complete her or his half of the agreement. Contracts lack legal intent if parties agree to an unlawful act, such as credit card fraud.
All parties must be of legal age, of sound mind and not under the influence of illicit substances while signing. Essentially, all involved must understand what they agree to before signing a valid contract.
Entrepreneurs to make the most of the contracts they draft and sign. By understanding the essential elements of an agreement, they protect their investments and their peace of mind.