Things don’t always run smoothly in business. There will inevitably be business disputes that arise out of disagreements over property, billing, services rendered, information sharing, relationships between customers and suppliers, loan contracts, corporate transactions and equity and debt financing. Usually, a business dispute arises between businesses when they disagree over the terms of a contract they have entered into. Any person involved in a business dispute should be represented by an attorney to make sure that they are well-protected and not taking advantage of during the process of resolving the dispute. In many cases, contracts between businesses have a clause stipulating that if a dispute should occur, then the two businesses will go to arbitration or mediation instead of going immediately to court.
Business disputes can become very complex and unpleasant. An attorney can help you handle your dispute the right way. Whether your dispute is with your partnership, over a contract, trademark, or employment agreement, a lawyer can help you assess the most appropriate and cost-effective strategy that works best for you and your unique situation. Many cases can be resolved informally prior to the filing of a lawsuit or before costly litigation expenses are incurred.
Although many disputes can be resolved through communication and alternative dispute resolution strategies including mediation, sometimes you have to go to court. Contractual disputes between two small businesses or a business and a customer are common in small claims court. Commonly, a business argues that goods or services were of poor quality, or provided late, or not at all.
Each party represented in a contract has certain rights. When contractual obligations go unfulfilled, the wronged party has a legal right to bring a claim against the other. A lawyer can help you interpret your documents to show breach-of-contract and seek compensation for you, or aggressively disprove any invalid claims brought against you.