Looking at Your Invoices What Does Your Fine Print Say?

Have you ever looked at the payment terms on your invoices and quotation documents? What does the fine print say? Does it reflect what is in your signed contract with the other party? Do you have provisions for interest, attorneys’ fees, and restocking fees? Let’s look at some of the language to include in an invoice

The Importance of Contractual Attorneys’ Fees

We often assist clients with collecting accounts that are past due. Those clients often want to know if they can recover their attorneys’ fees. The answer we often give clients is that it depends. In the state of North Carolina, it has long been upheld by the courts that unless a statute specifically awards attorneys’ fees, each party is responsible for its own attorneys’ fees.

Resolving Contract Disputes in North Carolina

Contract disputes can arise in various business transactions, leading to significant legal and financial consequences for the parties involved. In North Carolina, contract law and North Carolina General Statutes govern the interpretation, enforcement, and resolution of such disputes. Understanding the key aspects of contract disputes in the state is essential for businesses and individuals seeking to protect their rights and navigate the legal landscape effectively. This article provides a brief overview of contract disputes in North Carolina, highlighting the relevant legal principles and avenues for resolution.

What Interest Rate Can I Charge in a Promissory Note? 

What Interest Rate Can I Charge in a Promissory Note?By Ian RichardsonAttorney at LawA question regarding what interest rate can be charged in North Carolina will almost certainly result in the classic lawyer answer of “it depends.” It depends on what type of loan is being made, the amount of the loan, how interest is compounded, the purpose of the …

“Time Being of the Essence” – Is it Really All that Essential?

Often, we see contracts, especially contracts for the sale of real property, which contain the words “time being of the essence” after a date or time. We tell people that these words are very important, because typically they are, as confirmed by the recent unpublished decision from the North Carolina Court of Appeals Strohm v. Morgan.

Webinar: Breach of Contract: What Does it Mean?

What is a breach of contract? What are damages? What are unfair and deceptive trade practice claims? What happens if signatures are questionable on contract documents? Attorneys James Vann and Jim Beck discussed these topics and more during this fast-paced webinar.

Including Attorneys’ Fees and Costs in Contracts

If any aspect of your business involves the extension of credit, you are taking a risk. Incorporating certain terms in your contracts can cover some of the costs of those risks. Whether you are leasing real estate to tenants, selling materials or renting equipment on credit, or loaning money, it is probably a good idea to consider including provisions for late fees, finance charges, and attorneys’ fees in your contracts.

Contract Signatures: Is it for a Corporation or Individual?

A recent North Carolina Court of Appeals case provided insight to the significance of signatures in a contract and whether signatures are on behalf of a company, an individual and/or for a guaranty. The case is an unpublished opinion but provides insight. The case is Ascendum Machinery, Inc. Vs. Edward Kalebich.

Ambiguous Contract Terms can lead to an Undesired Result

Parties sometimes draft their own contracts. If it is a simple transaction or deal, or if they have a go-by to use, they might think, “Why not?” This can lead to some serious problems, not the least of which is that the contract does not state what the parties agreed to. I see this sometimes in my litigation practice. A client might ask us to demand that the other party do such and such. After reviewing the contract, we learn that the contract does not require the other party to do such and such. This problem can arise even in complex contracts drafted by lawyers and involving sophisticated business parties. A recent case out of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reminds us of this pitfall.

Essential Promissory Note Terms

A promissory note establishes a contractual obligation for one party to repay another and sets forth the payment terms and rights upon default. As its name implies, it is a promise made by one party to pay another. A note can be used to document the terms of a loan or a debt repayment. Our clients often use promissory notes secured by confessions of judgment to resolve past due accounts either before a lawsuit is filed or to settle a case after it is filed.

What Constitutes a Contract in North Carolina?

What constitutes a contract and when is a contract formed is a great question to consider. We look at a lot of contracts and issues for our clients surrounding contract questions. Many of our business clients have a great understanding of what a contract is and how it is formed. As we all continue to learn, some facts can change what appears to be a straightforward looking transaction.

A Written Contract is Always a Good Idea

Given the current state of things, it can be very tempting for individuals and small businesses to want to take on new business ventures or enter into new business deals right now. When entering into any business agreement with any person or entity, new or familiar, we urge you to have a written contract detailing the terms and conditions of the agreement.

Webinar: Contract Terms Are Even More Important Now

Why are contract terms even more important now given the impact of COVID-19? What contract terms might allow for unintended circumstances? We look to see how contract terms and conditions may impact your business, real estate transactions, contracts for services and supplier chains. Every situation and contract is different. Thus, it is important to know if you have exposure and how to respond.

Webinar: Contract Law – Which Terms Really Apply?

When your business exchanges quote requests, quotes, purchase orders, and contracts with customers or clients, which document’s “terms & conditions” apply? Here’s a scenario we often see in business law: Your business works to establish a contract with a client or customer. Your customer sends in a request for a quote – that request includes terms & conditions. Your company then sends the customer a quote with terms & conditions. Your customer then sends in a purchase order with its own terms & conditions. Your company finally delivers a confirmation which includes its own terms & conditions. So which terms and conditions apply?! Join James Vann during this fast-paced webinar reviewing Terms and Conditions in business contracts. Join James Vann during this fast-paced webinar reviewing Terms and Conditions in business contracts.

NSF Checks: How to Respond When a Customer Issues an Non-sufficient Funds Check

NSF Checks: How to Respond When a Customer Issues an Non-sufficient Funds CheckBy James R. VannAttorney at Law Customer Issues a NSF Check that Does Not Clear Even with all the payment options available today, paper checks are still a popular form of payment especially in the business world.  So, what options are available to you to help recover the check …

Confidentiality Provisions in Settlement Agreements

If you’ve ever signed a settlement agreement resolving some dispute, chances are pretty good it contained a confidentiality provision. In many cases, one side or both wish to keep the terms of a settlement to themselves – whether to avoid disclosure of amounts paid to settle or for some other reason. In our experience, these provisions are often paid lip …