Indianapolis Contract Dispute Attorneys
Contract Disputes, Breach of Contracts and Employment Contracts Lawyers Serving Marion County and Throughout Indiana
Contracts are a vital tool for conducting business. In the case of employment, contracts state both parties' goals and expectations regarding a job while and after the employee is with the company as well as the promises the employer makes to the employee. In the case of contracts between businesses, the contract will mention both parties' duties and may include ways to remedy failures to uphold these responsibilities.
Both parties are held to a set standard of behavior in exchange for the protections offered by the contract. When either party violates the standards set forth in a contract, it is known as a breach of contract. When either party breaches its contract, the non-breaching party may choose to dispute the breach through a process known as business litigation.
The team of contract dispute attorneys at Due Doyle Fanning & Alderfer, LLP are well-versed in helping both employers, as well as contracted businesses, through this process to reach agreements that satisfy all parties involved with the dispute.
A contract dispute can impact many areas of business, and it is important to have an attorney on your side who has navigated this complex area of law. Our attorneys provide skilled representation when it most matters to you as an insurance company or as a business owner facing a contract issue with a vendor, employee, or other business associate. We are uncompromising in the courtroom, ensuring our clients with skilled representation when it matters most.
Material vs. Non-Material Breaches
A breach of contract can be material or non-material. The difference between these classifications of contract breach is the severity of the breach.
A material breach of contract is any violation of a contract's critical terms or failure to perform one's duty as detailed in the contract. With this type of situation, the non-breaching party may file a claim to recover the cost of repairing the problem as well as the damages caused by the breach. For example, if an employee is contracted to complete a time-sensitive job within six months, then fails to do so, he or she has committed a material breach of contract. In this case, the employer now has to find another individual to complete the job in a timely manner, losing business in the meantime because of the delay. When a material breach of contract occurs, the non-breaching party is excused from its requirements in the contract.
A non-material breach of contract is a less severe breach of a contract. For example, if the business owner includes in a contract that the work done on a freelance project be completed during daytime hours, but the contracted employee completes his or her work at night, the employee has committed a non-material breach of contract. In cases like this, the non-breaching party may only file a claim for actual damages caused by the breach. The non-breaching party is also required to still uphold its requirements in the contract.
Business Litigation Attorneys Providing Help with Your Contract Dispute
At Due Doyle Fanning & Alderfer, LLP, we take your business needs seriously. We represent entities that have sustained damages as a result of breach of contract. We are a litigation firm that will advocate on your behalf if you believe an opposing party has failed to uphold its contractual duties. We will take cases all the way to trial when necessary.
Do not wait to begin working with an experienced Indianapolis business litigation attorney at our firm – contact us today at 317-635-7700 to learn more about your legal options and begin working on your case.