Legal-Ease: More than one way to avoid probate

Contracts are typically enforceable in courts if they’re not honored. Generally, a property owner may have a contract that explains what happens to property when the property owner dies. Each properly prepared contract will provide oversight and enforceability in regards to property ownership changes. 

However, without a contract there is no oversight between the people involved in changing the property’s ownership. Without a contract, the court must provide oversight. 

Legal-Ease: Can I get out of this deal?

Sometimes circumstances change, and you want to know if you can get out of a contract. Maybe you found a better price or higher quality option. Four principles should be considered when contemplating ending a contract.

Legal-Ease: Long documents a tradition that protect clients

Historically, meaningless words were added to legal documents to puff them up. It is now a cliché that attorneys prepare very long documents, even with all of the extra fluff removed. Legal documents are lengthy because short and simple contracts can leave clients unprotected and work against their interests.

Legal-Ease: Filling gaps in contracts

Contracts contain varying degrees of specificity. Sometimes, leaving out important terms and conditions makes the contract unenforceable as a whole. In many cases, though, the law will fill the gaps with what is considered “reasonable.” While this practice may seem obvious, it can be hard to determine what “reasonable” actually looks like in each case. Determining reasonableness is often analyzed by looking at three key circumstances and contexts.

Legal-Ease: Power of promises, legally speaking

Promises are an area of law that can sometimes be foggy. Contracts are a form of promises, and typically legally binding. However, some promises are made hastily and without any legal oversight, making them less likely to hold up in court. In general, it’s a good idea to get a written note and have a lawyer look it over before considering a contract legal.