Contracts are a fundamental aspect of any business, but disputes can arise even when both parties have acted in good faith. In California, contract disputes can be complex and time-consuming, with a number of different legal avenues available for resolution.
Types of Contract Disputes
When a contract dispute arises in California, there are several legal avenues available for resolution. Litigation is the traditional legal process for resolving disputes. Some common types of contract disputes in California include:
- Payment disputes: These disputes arise when one party fails to pay the other party as outlined in the contract. This can include disputes over late payments, non-payment, or underpayment.
- Breach of contract: A breach of contract occurs when one party fails to fulfill their obligations as outlined in the contract. This can include failing to deliver goods or services on time, failing to perform up to the standards outlined in the contract, or failing to pay as outlined in the contract.
- Disputes over contract interpretation: These disputes arise when the parties have a disagreement over the meaning of the contract terms. This can include disputes over the scope of work, the duration of the contract, or the payment terms.
Obviously, the nature of your contract dispute will dictate much of what happens in the resolution. However, the most likely option will be litigation, and that can be expensive and time consuming.
Finding a resolution that you are happy with
What matters most is finding a way for you to be happy with the outcome. You need to reassess your goals and make real decisions about what matters to you about your path forward. Once you discuss those goals with an attorney, you have a smarter path forward.