Seeking Contract Freedom

Contract Encarceration

Litigation cases reaching the high courts because of breaches of contract happen only too often. Can you remember the last time you heard of a musician challenging a contract and seeking contract freedom? Or the last time you heard in the news, about an employee taking legal action against a company for breaches of contract? Whenever there’s a signed contract, both parties are bound by that contract. Both parties should have read the contract thoroughly prior to signing it. Failure to do this could mean contract encarceration. In other words, one of both parties will be in disadvantage and there’s very little that can be done about it.

Spotting Small Print

The small print is sometimes deliberately applied to create a kind of contract encarceration. It generally surprises customers of a service provider. For instance, a furniture company states in the small print that returns are paid by the customer. Regardless of the reason why goods need to be returned, the customer pays for returns, which could be a high price. This is a statement in small print so as to not discourage the customer from buying, because once you buy, you’re either stuck with the goods or stuck with a returns fee.

Understanding Small Print

Spotting small print is one thing, understanding the inconspicuous details of a contract is another. Legal language is sometimes straight forward, plain English but sometimes it isn’t. A legal expert will help you defragment legalities and explain it in simple terms. You’ll then understand the repercussions of not complying with what’s written in the contract. If there unfavourable areas in a contract, your lawyer will help you understand this and potentially save you from contract encarceration. You can get an area of a contract to be amended so you are not at a disadvantage.

Legal Advice And Interpretation

Remember that if you sign a contract without fully understanding it, you could find yourself stuck in an unfavourable relationship. Once you sign a contract, it will be very hard and costly to amend it or terminate it. Before signing a contract, get in touch with a lawyer to help you review it and understand what the contract actually entails. The small print will be scrutinised and your lawyer will advise you so that the contract works in your favour.  SG

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