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Who enforces contracts?

Judges. Ultimately, when it comes down to it, it is judges who enforce contracts. This is why it is important to involve a contract negotiation lawyer when drafting and negotiating your contract. The reason why we enter into contracts is to make sure that we have certain rights in a relationship. I enter into a contract with my home builder to make sure he does the work he promised and contractor wants to make sure he gets paid for his work. We also have other terms about professionalism, timelines, and remedies if things go sour. But at the end of the day, neither party can make the other party do anything. If I don't pay, the contractor can not steal money from my purse or force my bank to turn over the money. So the contractor has to go to court to get his money.

This is how contracts get enforced. The parties must go to court. In this case, the contractor may sue me for the money he believes I owe. However, I can also present my defenses such as the contractor not completing the job or doing very poor quality work. At this point, the judge will determine which terms are enforceable and how much the contractor is owed. In this case, the judge determines that I should pay 25% of what the contractor claims but agrees with me that the contractor's work was terrible so I should not have to pay the remaining 75%. The court will then order me to pay the 25% with a written 'order.' At this point, I can pay voluntarily or the contractor can enforce his right of payment by sending the Order to my bank where the bank must turn over the funds. The contractor can also send the Order to my employer and the employer must turn over a certain percentage of my wages until the amount is paid off.

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Danya Shakfeh has been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers once again for the 6th year in a row.

The Rising Stars list recognizes lawyers 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less, and includes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in Illinois.

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If you read your contract carefully, you may find a clause that reads something to the effect of:

Automatic Renewal. This Agreement shall be automatically extended for one additional year, unless on or before [DATE] (for the initial term), either Party provides to the other written notice of its desire not to terminate this Agreement 60 days before the termination date.

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Contracts are an essential part of both our professional and personal lives. As humans, we deal with contracts almost daily, often without even realizing it. Whether a company wants to come and provide a service to our home or we are in the process of closing a business deal we review, negotiate, and sign contracts almost daily. Unfortunately, many contracts are poorly written resulting in conflict and lawsuits. There are many reasons for this, and I, as an Illinois contracts law lawyer, will explain below why poorly written contracts exist begin with. But first....

What is a Contract?

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Contracts are an essential part of both our professional and personal lives. As civil contract lawyers, we deal with contracts almost daily, often without even realizing it. Whether a company wants to come and provide a service to our home or we are in the process of closing a business deal, we review, negotiate, and sign contracts almost daily. Unfortunately, there are many myths surrounding contracts, what they are, and what their requirements are. Believing these myths means that you may enter into a contract that is not enforceable in court or leaving your rights on the table. But first...

What is a Contract?

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