Construction Contracts for Property Owners

Different Contracts for Different Parties

Clients sometimes wonder whether an attorney is needed to draft or review a contract. My answer is “yes,” an attorney representing that party’s interest should draft or review a contract drafted by another party or his or her attorney.

Clients are startled when I explain to them that there are at least three different possible contracts for each situation: one that benefits the buyer (or employee), one that benefits the seller (or employer), and one, usually negotiated, that is a “middle of the road” contract.

Therefore, my answer to a client is “yes,” having an attorney draft or review a contract will usually provide a contract that better meets the needs and goals of that client (and not the other party to the contract), and results in a better outcome (and less expense) in the long term.