Sales or Purchase Contracts
Intellequity, is a business law firm located in Portland, Oregon that can draft or advise on your sales contract. I am an experienced contract law attorney that can help you navigate the pitfalls of these specialized documents and help minimize the risk that a misunderstanding between the parties will arise; a misunderstanding that could lead to needless and expensive litigation in the courts. Read below for more information on sales or purchase contracts and how Intellequity can help review, negotiate or draft yours.
What is sales or purchase contract?
Sales contract documents the transfer of ownership of goods from a seller to a buyer and includes terms like price, quantity, and delivery details. A sales contract, also known as a sales agreement or purchase agreement, is a legal document between a buyer and a seller that outlines the terms and conditions for the sale of goods or services.
Key elements of a sales contract typically include:
This specifies the names and addresses of the buyer and seller involved in the transaction. This is an often overlooked but very important element in making a contract enforceable and collectable in case of breach.
Description of the Goods:
Detailed description of the goods or services being sold. This could include quantity, quality, model numbers, color, size, etc. for goods.
This important section specifies the agreed price for the goods or services, and may include details about the currency, any discounts, refunds, credits, taxes, or additional charges.
How and when the buyer will pay the seller. This can range from immediate payment upon receipt of goods to payment installments over a period of time. This section can be more complicated than initial thoughts may indicate.
This includes information on where and when the goods will be delivered, or the services performed, and who bears the risk of loss or damage in transit. Again, this section can be more complicated than initial thoughts may indicate.
Warranty and Guarantees:
The seller's affirmations about the quality of goods or services and promises to repair or replace defective goods within a certain period of time.
Any agreed-upon procedures for resolving disputes, usually through negotiation, mediation, or arbitration.
Conditions under which the contract can end, and the potential penalties for breach of contract.
Sales contracts are crucial because they provide a legal framework that protects both buyers and sellers. They ensure all parties understand their obligations and rights, which can help to prevent disputes and misunderstandings. It's often advised to seek legal counsel while drafting or before signing a sales contract, to fully understand the agreement's implications.
Why should I have a written sales or purchase contract?
Ensuring that any sales contract is in written form is important for a business for several reasons:
Clarity and Preciseness:
A written contract precisely documents the obligations and expectations of all parties involved, reducing potential confusion or misconceptions. A written contract keeps an official record of exactly what was agreed upon, including specific details which may be lost, overlooked, or misremembered in a verbal arrangement.
In Oregon, certain types of sales contracts must be in writing to be legally enforceable. A sales contract provides clear evidence of the agreement's terms if a dispute arises and ends up in court.
A written sales contract can help to prevent misunderstandings and misinterpretations that could jeopardize a business's operations or financial well-being.
Protection of Rights:
A written sales contract can be used to secure the rights of all parties involved. It details the conditions of the agreement, including terms of payment, delivery, product quality assurances, and dispute resolution mechanisms.
Providing a written sales contract demonstrates the business's commitment to professionalism and ethical conduct. It can also contribute to stronger, more trusted relationships with customers and partners.
In sum, although drafting a written contract may require time and effort, it provides vital legal protection and clarity for a business's transactions, making it a fundamental requirement for any thorough business strategy.
Why should I hire an attorney to create or review a sales or purchase contract?
Hiring an attorney to draft or review a sales contract for your business is beneficial for several reasons: Here is how Intellequity can help.
Experience and Expertise:
Attorneys are trained to understand contractual language and the potential implications of each clause. This expertise allows them to draft contracts that are precise, comprehensive, and clear, reducing the potential for misunderstandings.
Each business transaction is unique. Intellequity can tailor the contract to your specific situation, ensuring that it suits your business needs and mitigates any identified risks.
Intellequity can ensure that your sales contract is compliant with local, state, federal, or international laws and regulations.
Intellequity can identify potential legal pitfalls and risks within the sales agreement. I can revise or draft provisions in the contract to minimize these risks.
Protection of Rights and Interests:
Intellequity will ensure that your rights and interests are adequately protected. Whether it’s ensuring that liability is limited, or that your payment terms are secure, I will know the best ways to protect your interests.
Intellequity can assist with negotiation of terms. I can advise you on what terms might be negotiated, what the norm is in your industry or what provisions are most important or work best for your business.
Intellequity can determine the best dispute resolution clauses for your agreement, which can save time and money if there is a disagreement in the future.
In short, hiring an attorney to draft or review your sales contract can provide a layer of protection to your business, helping you to prevent future disputes, comply with laws, and address potential shortcomings in your agreement. Intellequity can help you do all this and more. Feel free to call us for more information or book a consult below!