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When can partners end a contract?

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2018 | Business Transactions And Litigation |

A contractual agreement establishes a professional bond between you and a business partner in Westminster. If your partner breaks that bond, you may recover damages for breach of contract depends on the reason your partner cites for ending your agreement. This prompts the question of what are some to the reasons why a party walks away from a contract. 

The first and most obvious is termination for default. Your partner may cite such a reason if it believes you have failed to fulfill your contractual obligations. If that is proven true, then your partner is not legally bound to adhere to the contract and could be even be entitled to monetary relief. Yet such a claim may be easy to counter given that you have the contractual terms in writing to refer to. If you can show that you did indeed do what the contract stipulated, then your client walked away without cause. In such a case, you could then pursue a breach of contract claim. 

A slightly more difficult matter to handle may be cases where your client states that it is terminating your contract for convenience. In such an instance, it may simply believe that the contract is no longer in its best interest. The right to terminate for convenience is automatically given to government agencies. Private entities, on the other hand, can only invoke it if the right to do so is included in the contract (it is for this reason that you should carefully review each contract you agree to). If your partner ends your contract for its convenience, then the Congressional Research Service states that you are entitled to be paid for any work you have already done, as well as for the expenses associated with discontinuing the service you were offering. 

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