Contract Attorneys | Denver
Paperbark Law can draft and review nearly any kind of contract. Many of our clients are using contracts as part of their small businesses that are out-of-date, or that may not be enforceable. We can help review existing contracts or draft new ones for your business, no matter its size.
The kinds of contracts we work with include:
Employment and Independent Contractor Agreements
Business Asset Purchase Agreements
Real Estate Contracts
A well-drafted contract contemplates potential areas of conflict and incorporates terms to prevent a dispute.
A good contract attorney knows how to arrange the terms of the contract so as to prevent any ambiguities and to protect the interests of the client. Here is our law firm's perspective on drafting contracts:
A Clear Contract is a Good Contract
We will not draft a contract that uses legalese from the 1500s. The general rule is if you don't speak it, we don't write it.
In a previous blog post, we wrote about why lawyers continue to write in legalese. Some lawyers, and their clients, are under the impression that the more complicated and "legal-sounding" the language (witnesseth, aforementioned, herein), then the more professional and "legal" the contract. This is not true. A good contract is one that is easily readable by both parties so that both parties understand clearly their rights and obligations. Courts like to see a true "meeting of the minds" when it comes to contracts, and it's harder to argue that both parties were on the same page when the contract was drafted in archaic and unreadable language. Just because a contract has plain English does not mean it's weak. In fact, a contract written in plain English is preferred. Even Congress thinks so.
We're Thorough, yet practical
A clear contract in and of itself is a great defense against a legal dispute, and that’s the approach we take when drafting contracts.
Before drafting a business contract for clients, we will discuss what end goals they have. Are they wanting an employment termination agreement that throws everything possible at the soon-to-be former employee? Or do they just want to cover their bases and leave things on amicable terms? Those answers will determine exactly what kind of contract to draft. And our goal is to deliver contracts to clients that are concise, not overkill.
A True Story
For example, a homeowner rented out her vacation home to short-term renters. She was using the standard contract she found online and made a few adjustments. As a precaution, she asked us to review and amend the contract just in case some bad renters came in. We did just that, and it wasn't more than 3 months later that a fraternity, who posed as a church retreat, came in and caused over $30,000 worth of damage to her home. Because she had a solid rental agreement with clauses about attorneys fees, jury trials, and rights of collection, we simply enforced the contract without having to go to court. In fact, the fraternity's attorney conceded that our client's contract was solid and there was really no point in trying to fight it.
So of course anyone can write a contract. But it's also true that the cost of hiring a contract attorney may end up saving you in the long run.