Providing effective legal solutions grounded in integrity.

Virginia Beach Pier

What to do with a contract with a business that has changed

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2022 | Civil Litigation

If you have a contract in Virginia with a business, and there is a significant change in the status of one of the businesses, it could impact your contract. For example, if you have a contract with a company that closes its doors, you may no longer be able to fulfill the terms of your agreement. Or, if you have a contract with an individual who changes jobs, they may no longer be able to meet the terms of your contract.

How to handle a contract change

If there is a situation in which there is a significant change in one of the businesses you have a contract with, it is crucial to assess the situation. You will want to consider the following:

  • What are the risks and rewards of continuing with the contract?
  • Can you negotiate with the other party to make changes that would mitigate any risks?
  • Are there any legal implications for terminating the contract?

Once you have considered all these factors, you can make a decision about whether to continue with the agreement. If your decision is to terminate the contract, be sure this is done in a manner that minimizes legal risk.

What can you do about salvaging your contract?

It may be possible to salvage the contract and the business relationship.

Here are some actions that can be taken:

  • The contract could be amended to account for the new business circumstances.
  • Renegotiating the terms of your contract is an option.
  • You can cancel the contract altogether.
  • If these are not viable options, general business disputes can be handled in civil court.

Weigh the pros and cons to determine what is best for you.

Business can be unpredictable

Suppose you have a contract with another business or person, and there is a significant change in one of the businesses. In that case, it is vital to review your agreement to see if any provisions allow for changes. If not, you may need to renegotiate the terms of your contract. Remember that business changes can be unpredictable, so it is important to be prepared for anything.