At Bernheim Kelley Battista & Bliss, LLC, our Fort Lauderdale commercial litigation attorneys provide proactive, pragmatic legal representation to businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs. Our commercial litigation team is ready to take immediate action to protect your rights. If you have specific questions about breach of a business agreement disputes, we are here to help. To arrange a fully confidential, no obligation initial appointment with a Florida breach of contract lawyer.
What to Know About Breach of Contract Claims in Florida
Contracts are at the basis of most modern business relationships. In Florida, both written contracts and oral contracts can be enforceable. The party that breaches a contract can be held legally liable for damages sustained by the non-breaching party. As explained by the Cornell Legal Information Institute, a breach of contract is the “violation of a contractual obligation.” In other words, it is a failure to perform up to the terms of the agreement. For the most part, breach of commercial agreements claims fall under state law. Here are four key things to know about Florida law:
- A Valid Contract Must be Established: Florida courts will not enforce mere promises. A breach of contract claim requires demonstrating the existence of a legally valid contractual agreement. An offer, acceptance, and consideration by all parties is required.
- The Bargained-for Intention of Parties Matter: In breach of contract disputes, Florida courts carefully reviewed the specific terms of the agreement. They are focused on upholding the bargained-for intention of the parties.
- There are Some Defenses in Breach of Contract Claim: The party accused of breaching the agreement may have some civil legal defenses available. Some examples include violation of public policy, impossibility, commercial impracticability, and mutual mistake.
- Breach of Contract Damages are Complex: For the most part, breach of contract damages are meant to be compensatory in nature. Courts award damages in order to put the non-breaching party in the position that they would have been, had not breach occurred. Non-breaching parties have a legal duty to mitigate (minimize) their damages after a breach.
Why Choose Bernheim Kelley Battista & Bliss for a Breach of Business Contract Case
Breach of contract claims are complex. At Bernheim Kelley Battista & Bliss, LLC, we have deep experience representing clients in all aspects of commercial litigation, including breach of contract. Our firm is proactive. Among other things, our Florida breach of contract attorneys will:
- Answer questions and review the terms of the agreement during a confidential consultation;
- Thoroughly investigate the alleged contract breach—organizing all relevant evidence;
- Represent you or your business during settlement negotiations; and
- Take the breach of contract claim as far as needed to protect your rights and interests.
Call Our Fort Lauderdale, FL Breach of Contract Lawyers Today
At Bernheim Kelley Battista & Bliss, LLC, our Fort Lauderdale breach of contract attorneys have the professional skills and legal knowledge that you can trust. If you or your business is locked in a contract dispute, our commercial litigation team can help. Call us now or contact us online to set up your confidential initial consultation. We handle breach of contract claims throughout Florida.