Business Contracts

Contracts are the foundation of business relationships.

This includes customers, suppliers, and employees. When we handle a contract matter, we make sure our clients’ rights are protected, while realizing every business transaction requires risk.

After drafting and reviewing thousands of contracts, we understand the subtle intricacies within contracts that can mean the difference between a successful transaction or years of frustration. Nothing speaks more to the legitimacy of your business than a well drafted contract. A finely drafted contract can and should protect your rights, solve reoccurring problems, address issues unique to your industry, and turn your business into a process. Once a business dials in their main contracts, they are highly reusable, meaning a high ROI for the client.

Over the years we’ve represented clients in virtually every business contract imaginable, big and small. We’ve seen how clients who draft their own contracts, or don’t use a contract, create major headaches that if left unresolved can sabotage deals while clients who have the foresight to use well drafted contracts build serious value into their business. One of our core beliefs is that good legal work solves issues, and great legal work prevents issues from happening. A well drafted contract achieves our firm’s higher purpose of preventing legal issues. We have had great success with solving client pain points through strategic contract planning.

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We advise our clients on contract matters based on what the client actually needs and wants. When needed, we can draft a contract from start to finish. Our approach is to draft a contract that reflects the deal reached between the parties and that protects the client.

Often times, our clients only need limited advice on a contract they have been presented with or already using. In these instances we can review, highlight key areas of the contract, and advise clients on key concerns. Usually a contract review with feedback can be achieved through our business strategy meeting process.

Our overall philosophy with contracts is to keep things as simple as possible, while ensuring the contract reflects the parties’ deal. With this approach, we begin by drafting contracts that capture the basic deal the parties reached. Too often lawyers draft contracts that are unnecessarily over-complicated and loses the essence of the deal. The result is over-lawyering the transaction with the lawyers battling out the forms. This isn’t ideal for either side. We take a different approach that emphasizes closing client deals as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our approach to contracts reflects this philosophy.

One of the most impactful influences on your business is the contracts you’re signing or not signing. A representation of contracts we have assisted clients with include, but not limited to:

  • Employment agreements
  • Partnership buyouts
  • Consulting agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Website terms and policies
  • License agreements
  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Asset sale agreements
  • Master service agreements
  • Franchise agreements
  • Stock purchase agreements
  • Founder agreements
  • Corporate bylaws
  • Vesting agreements
  • Profit sharing agreements
  • Business succession agreements
  • Term sheets
  • Loan agreements
  • Convertible notes
  • Promissory notes
  • Security agreements
  • Capital raising agreements
  • Commercial leases
  • Sublease agreements
  • Memorandums of understanding
  • Letters of intent

If you have any contract related issues, Johnstun Law is here to help. Please contact us if you would like to learn more or ready to discuss how we might help solve your contract needs.

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