What does a legal contract cost? Most people have been a party to a contract at some point in their life, whether taking out an auto loan to purchase a car or signing a lease agreement to rent an apartment. As a result, many people may ask how much it costs to have a legal contract drafted by an attorney. Let’s explore this question and review some general information about legal contracts.
How Much Does a Legal Contract Cost?
Legal contracts are used in every industry, every day, for various purposes. A legally binding contract is executed between two or more parties, and a court can enforce the terms of the agreement.
For a contract to be valid, the following elements must be present in the agreement:
- An offer
- Acceptance of the offer
If a person sells their car, an interested party may offer the owner $5,000. If the owner agrees to take the $5,000, that is acceptance. The consideration is the $5,000 given to the owner in exchange for the car.
Whether you need a contract to purchase a car, the sale of real estate, or an agreement for contracted work, it is always recommended that you consult with a contract attorney for assistance.
An experienced attorney will draft a legally binding contract that protects all parties. If there is a dispute surrounding the terms of a contract, a well-written contract that abides all laws and, if executed correctly, will be upheld in court.
Based on ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data, the average cost of a project involving a legal contract is $603.
What’s Typically Included in a Legal Contract?
The contents and provisions of a legal contract will primarily depend on the purpose of the contract. For example, a contract for the sale of a home will significantly differ from a contract executed by two parties forming a business partnership.
Even though legal contracts will differ greatly based on purpose, you can expect to find the following common elements in all legal contracts:
- Party details. The names, addresses, and contact information of all parties to the contract. This is sometimes called introductory material in a legal contract.
- Purpose of the agreement. The purpose of the contract should be clearly stated at the beginning.
- Terms and conditions. Terms and conditions usually include the roles and responsibilities of each party and what they are expected to do or not do as per the contract.
- Compensation. This must be included if monetary compensation is involved in the contract, like purchasing an item, renting an apartment, or payment for completed work.
- Confidentiality. Some contracts involve businesses sharing sensitive information like trade secrets or client lists. A confidentiality clause will prohibit the other party from sharing this information.
- Termination of the agreement. A contract may include steps and terms under which the contract can be terminated and any penalties for ending the contract.
- Signatures. The contract should be signed by all parties named at the contract's beginning.
Types of Legal Contracts
There are many types of legal contracts that can be executed for various reasons. Contracts are used in all business transactions in every industry. The following is a list of common types of legal contracts:
- Express Contracts. The terms of the contract are clearly stated either orally or in writing, and both parties understand the terms and conditions of the contract.
- Implied Contracts. A contract created by the party’s actions and not necessarily written down or verbalized.
- Unilateral Contracts. Only one party is required to act to fulfill the contract terms.
- Bilateral Contracts. Both parties offer something of value to fulfill the terms of the contract.
- Aleatory Contracts. An agreement that only goes into effect of a particular event occurs. Insurance policies are aleatory contracts.
If you are unsure which legal contract is best for your situation, consult with a contracts lawyer for guidance.
Examples of Legal Contracts Projects
Legal Contracts Drafting Service
Hiring a contracts lawyer to draft the agreement is expected when a party needs a legal contract for a transaction. State and local laws govern contracts. For a contract to be legally binding, it must contain certain information and provisions. An experienced attorney can draft your agreement. As a result, you can be sure you will have a legal contract protecting your interests that will also hold up in court.
Legal Contracts Review Service
Templates for various types of contracts are available online, so it is possible to draft your own legal contract in some situations. However, even if you choose to prepare your own contract, it is highly recommended that you have a licensed attorney review your contract before using it.
An attorney will ensure that your contract has all necessary provisions and is the proper contract to protect you in the transaction.
You may also seek out an attorney for contract review. They will represent your interests. Your attorney can explain confusing terms and ensure the contract is fair and legal.
Drafting Costs for Legal Contracts
According to ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data, the average legal contract drafting costs are $644 across all states and industries.
Review Costs for Legal Contracts
For review services, ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows the average legal contract review costs to be $563 across all states and industries.
How Do Lawyers Charge for Legal Contracts?
Hourly Rates for Legal Contracts
Many contract lawyers choose to bill their time at an hourly rate, typically the safest way for the lawyer to charge clients. If the contract takes longer than expected, the attorney will be compensated for their time.
The downside to hourly billing is that the client won’t know how much their legal services will cost until after the project is completed.
According to ContractsCounsel's marketplace data, the average hourly rate for a contract lawyer ranges from $200 - $350 per hour.
Flat Fee Rates for Legal Contracts
A flat fee rate is a pre-arranged fee for legal services usually paid upfront before the lawyer begins work on the case or project. Flat fee rates are becoming more popular for contract drafting projects.
One benefit of flat fee billing is that both the attorney and the client will know the total cost of the project before the attorney is hired.
ContractsCounsel's marketplace data shows that the average flat fee rate for a legal contract costs $603.
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