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Contract Law

Civil and Criminal Litigation Attorneys

Our Objective is to Add Value to Your Interests and to Your Life Through Vigorous Advocacy

Pennsylvania Contract Law

We produce results for our clients in the following manner:

CONTRACT FORMATION: A contract is basically an enforceable promise. The best way to get what you expect from another party is to define your expectations as clearly as possible prior to committing time, labor, money or other valuable consideration. We produce results for our clients by drafting contracts that achieve what they desire and also by inspecting contracts and advising our clients on contracts they have been asked to sign.

Contract Enforcement

CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT: Often, our first contact with a client involves discussion of our representation of them in a matter regarding a “broken” (breached) contract. The least expensive way of getting “most” or all of what you expect from a contract is to try to negotiate some remedy or cure with the other party to get things back to what you expected. In negotiating and settling difficult and potentially expensive disagreements “out of court”, we produce results for our clients. On occasion, rational well considered words and negotiations fail to produce a result sufficient to avoid litigation. At this point, winning is the result our clients should expect us to produce. Another thing our clients always get is a frank appraisal of the costs and the probability of victory.

Is Forbearance Good Consideration?

Is Forbearance Good Consideration?

Did you know that under contract law, you may have a right to demand payment, compensation or consideration for things you have agreed not to do (often called an act of forbearance)?

Consider the nationally recognized case of Hamer v. Sidway, N.Y. Ct. App., 124 N.Y. 538, 27 N.E. 256 (1891). In this case an uncle promised his nephew that if the nephew refrained from drinking, swearing or gambling until age 21, the nephew would receive $5,000. This was in fact a contractual relationship. In this case, even though the uncle never lived to see the nephew’s 21st birthday, the nephew lived up to his side of this bargain and was able to recover the $5,000 from the estate of his uncle.