Headquartered in Everett, our business law attorneys provide contract drafting services to Snohomish County and the greater Puget Sound region. We charge substantially less per hour than most other firms in our region, and our lawyers academic records are typically stronger as well. Contact us at 866-631-0028 to speak directly with us about contract drafting needs.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I want to hire a lawyer to draft a business contract, but I hear contracts are often construed against the drafter in case of a dispute. Should I have the other party draft the contract instead? Common law does allow courts to construe contracts against the drafter in some situations. However, this rule of construction does not apply if both parties to the contract are businesses. Moreover, this rule of construction should not apply if both parties participate in the negotiation and drafting of the terms of the agreement. When our firm drafts contracts, we usually include a provision to the following effect: “the terms of this document were mutually negotiated and should not be construed against either party as the drafter.”
I want to enter into a multi-year contract, and I’d like the price to increase each year to match inflation. Can your firm draft a contract that accomplishes that? Yes, this is relatively simple. In a situation such as this, we typically include a consumer price index provision. The provision would allow the price to increase each year by an amount calculated by a government consumer price index, of which there are many. For example, the price increase could be tied to the United States Department of Labor’s consumer price index for the Seattle area.
I’m contracting with a party located outside Washington, and I want the venue for any dispute to be Snohomish County Superior Court. If I put that in the contract, would it be enforceable? Usually, yes, though venue provisions can be unconscionable (and thus unenforceable) if they result in extreme unfairness. For example, a venue provision that selects Snohomish County might be unconscionable if the opposing party has little-to-no connection to Washington, did not initiate the transaction (you contacted the other party about your business proposal rather than the other way around), did not participate in drafting or negotiating the terms of the contract (the other party signed a boilerplate contract you drafted), had little time to review the contract before signing it, and is located overseas. To invalidate a venue provision, it usually must be unconscionable both procedurally (the process of signing the agreement) and substantively (the effect of the agreement).
I want to buy or sell a business. Can you help me with that contract? Yes. To learn more, please click here.
I want to merge with another business. Can you help me with that contract? Yes.
I want to enter a loan agreement secured by assets. Can you help me with that contract? Yes.