People enter into contracts everyday. Some in writing but most are oral agreements which form a normal part of every day life. Sometimes people think they don't need legal assistance when negotiating a contract and often turn to lawyers when it is too late.

Like many things in life, the most important thing to know is what you don't know. With contracts this is a critical thing to remember. For a contract to be binding, you have to have agreement on the terms of the contract. You also need to have an offer and acceptance, consideration and an intention to enter into a contractual relationship.

Our goal is to help our clients to consider issues and protect themselves from obligations that arise in their business and personal contracts. Our role is to help you make informed decisions when you enter into, or chose not to enter into contracts.

Sometimes we are involved in the negotiation and drafting of our clients' contracts. Other times we provide advice and recommendations at various stages of the process while the client negotiates a deal. Our involvement is tailored to the needs of our clients and their goals. We would be happy to assist in ensuring that your contracts are clear and that they have the implications that you intend.

Getting advice before you enter into a contract is almost always less expensive than litigating a dispute afterward.

While care has been taken to ensure the information contained herein is accurate, the information provided is based upon the laws of Nova Scotia and is supplied for general interest purposes only. It is not intended, nor should be considered to be specific legal advice or opinion.

Last Revised by Philip Whitehead, September 27, 2017.