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Terms and conditions are the vital details that businesses put in place to ensure that they protect their rights. However, you should also ensure that they are legal, enforceable, and serve their intended purpose. Otherwise, you leave your company exposed to legal liabilities or unwanted consequences.
Rather than leave your contracts to best guesses, check out the information below to learn more about terms and conditions.
What are Terms and Conditions?
Terms and conditions are part of a that ensure parties understand their contractual rights and obligations. Parties draft them into a legal contract, also called a legal agreement, in accordance with local, state, and federal contract laws. They set important boundaries that all contract principals must uphold.
Types of legal contracts that contain terms and conditions include:
- Real estate contracts
- End-user license agreement (EULAs)
- Software as a Service (SaaS) agreements
- Construction contracts
- Insurance contracts
- Employment contracts
- Financial contracts
- Information technology contracts
- Freelance contracts
- Healthcare contracts
- Service contracts
- Business contracts
- Entertainment contracts
Several contract types utilize terms and conditions. When there is a formal agreement to create with another individual or entity, consider how you would like to structure your deal and negotiate the terms and conditions with the other side before finalizing anything. This strategy will help foster a sense of importance and inclusion on all sides.
What’s Included in Terms and Conditions
Terms and conditions are very broad in the abstract sense. However, they contain more specific provisions depending upon the contract size, industry, and complexity. You will find that there are standard components included across several types of terms and conditions.
Terms and conditions may include:
- Intellectual property rights
- Termination clauses
- Governing law clause
- DMCA notice clause
- Limitation of liability
- Enforceability clause
- Arbitration clause
- Confidentiality clause
- Indemnification clause
- Severability clause
- Definitions clause
Each one of these terms and conditions has a purpose. Some agreements require certain provisions, while others do not. The only way you can be sure about your terms and conditions requirements is by discussing your project with a contract lawyer .
Purpose of Terms and Conditions
The purpose of terms and conditions is to provide a set of instructions for all parties of a contract. They also offer guidance to courts regarding the intent and purpose of the transaction at the time it was created.
Elements of terms and conditions may include:
- Contact info
- Signature lines
- Handling disputes
- Important dates
- Payment terms
Terms and conditions exist to inform people of their rights when engaging in a business transaction. They carry legal implications of which both parties should be aware. Carefully review all contracts before signing them since many do not let you cancel them without penalty before fulfilling your obligations.
Terms and Conditions vs. Terms of Service
Terms and conditions and terms of service are different. Using them interchangeably will result in legal errors or miscommunications. Avoid this situation by reviewing their definitions separately.
Below, check out the differences between terms and conditions vs. terms of service.
Terms and Conditions
Terms and conditions refer to the contractual rights and obligations of a party to any contract. They refer to the broader concept of guidelines that parties must follow in an agreement. Your business can create them for any formalized business agreement.
Terms of Service
Examples of Terms and Conditions
Terms and conditions are essential for any type of formal relationship. If you want to protect your legal rights, remember to always get it in writing. Otherwise, it’s your accusation against the other party in case a future dispute arises.
Examples of when to use terms and conditions include:
- Engaging in business with others
- Working for a company as an employee
- Selling products to consumers online
- Organizing a sweepstakes or lottery for participation
- Selling policies an insurance provider
- Offering services as a real estate professional
- Providing services as a construction contractor
- Building websites for customers
- Drafting a prenuptial agreement for high net worth couples
- Lending money or offering services to bank customers
- Privately selling your car to another person
- Hiring a freelancer through a job talent marketplace
- Taking people out on adventure excursions commercially
- Renting out hotel rooms to consumers
- Including a warranty with a consumer product
There are several reasons to include terms and conditions in a transaction. The rule of thumb is to incorporate them into your deal when providing a service or dealing with a sale in excess of $500. You should also utilize them when required by your industry or professional licensing organizations.
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Getting Help with Terms and Conditions
Your business must write airtight terms and conditions. An effective agreement mitigates the chances of a dispute and costly litigation. Ensure that an attorney drafts and negotiates your contract when getting help with terms and conditions.
These are a few other reasons that you will want to work with an attorney:
Reason 1. Understands Contracts
Poorly drafted contracts don’t perform as intended. Your attorney will review your situation to determine which provisions you should include in your agreement. They can also participate in negotiation discussions with the other party throughout the process if desired.
Reason 2. Guarantees Enforceability
If your terms and conditions are unenforceable, then they don’t serve your purpose. Your attorney has command of relevant contract laws to prevent this predicament from arising. It’s their job to guarantee that you walk away with an enforceable contract.
Reason 3. Knows Contract Law
Terms and conditions are subject to common contract laws. They must also comply with local, state, and federal laws. Whether you operate one or multiple locations, hire an experienced attorney to help you navigate this aspect of your agreements.
Reason 4. Prepared for a Dispute
It’s reassuring when someone understands your business’ legal history. Contract lawyers are also ready to handle a legal dispute if you face one down the road. They can help you renegotiate terms in case things change or fight them out in court.
Avoid Making Legal Mistakes
As you can see, the most proactive way to get legal help is by speak with contract attorneys. It is tempting to use boilerplate templates, but keep in mind that these agreements were created for another business at one point. Avoid inadvertent legal mistakes that can cost you your company by seeking advice from a licensed professional.
Meet some of our Terms and Conditions Lawyers
Pura Rodriguez, JD, MBA is the President and Managing Partner of A Physician’s Firm, based in Miami. She represents healthcare providers from different specialties in a broad range of issues, including contract review, business planning and transactions, mergers and acquisitions, vendor and contract disputes, risk management, fraud and abuse compliance (Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark), HIPAA compliance, medical staff credentialing, employment law, and federal and state regulations. She also assists providers in planning their estates, protecting their assets, and work visa requirements.
Jaclyn is an experienced intellectual property and transactional attorney residing and working in NYC, and serving clients throughout the United States and internationally. She brings a targeted breadth of knowledge in intellectual property law, having years of experience working within the media, theater, PR and communications industries, and having represented clients in the music, entertainment, fashion, event production, digital media, tech, food/beverage, consumer goods, and beauty industries. She is an expert in trademark, copyright, and complex media and entertainment law matters. Jaclyn also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Cardozo School of Law, having developed and instructed the school’s first Trademark Practicum course for international students. In her spare time, Jaclyn’s passion for theater and love for NYC keeps her exploring the boundless creativity in the world’s greatest city!
A bilingual attorney graduated from J.D. with a C.P.A. license, an M.B.A. degree, and nearly ten years of experience in the cross-border tax field.
Experienced and business-oriented attorney with a great depth of contract experience including vendor contracts, service contracts, employment, licenses, operating agreements and other corporate compliance documents.
With over 21 years of practice, Chet uses his vast experiences to assist his clients in the most efficient manner possible. Chet is a magna cum laude graduate of University of Miami School of Law with an extensive background in Business Law, Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Law, Leasing Law and Telecommunications Law. Chet's prior experience includes 5 years at two of the top law firms in Georgia and 16 years of operating his own private practice.
Steve Clark has been practicing law in DFW since 1980. He is licensed in both Texas and Louisiana state and federal courts. He concentrates his practice on business clients and their needs. He has been a SuperLawyer in Texas since 2011, and is Lead Counsel rated in Business Law. He is also a Bet the Company litigator in Texas.
I am a top-performing bi-lingual legal services professional with a proven record of success. Reputation of assessing and evaluating client’s needs and providing individualized solutions in line with those needs while efficiently handling multiple tasks simultaneously. Able to create a collaborative work environment ensuring business objectives are consistently met. Seeking an attorney role within a legal setting to apply skills in critical thinking, executive communications, and client advocacy.