A breach of contract often sounds malicious: One party signed a contract and then intentionally failed to adhere to its terms.
In many cases, though, the true issue is miscommunication or a misunderstanding. This doesn’t mean it’s not a breach — it is — but it may not be as malicious as many people assume. It may not be intentional fraud as much as negligence.
The more specific your contract, the better
To help prevent this, contracts should be as specific as possible. What is being offered? What is being accepted? What date was the contract supposed to be fulfilled? What are any unique terms that apply to this specific situation?
Ideally, a well-defined contract will help both sides avoid oversights. Both sides have all of the information they need to operate properly under the contract.
Even if the other party still breaches that contract, having specific terms can help. It takes away their ability to argue that they had to interpret the contract and that, according to their interpretation, there was no breach. You can easily show that they knew what was expected of them, or that they should have known, which connects them to any financial damages you suffered because they did not do as they said they would when they signed the deal.
If a contract is broken, you must know your options
Understanding your legal options is crucial after a broken contract. It can help to work with an experienced firm that can guide you through the process. You need to do everything in your power to protect your company from these types of errors.