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Understanding Contracts: Navigating Legal Commitments

Updated: May 11, 2023

Contracts are a ubiquitous element of our lives, often underpinning our most significant commitments, purchases, and business dealings. However, the terminology and legal jargon present in these documents can be overwhelming, and it's crucial to understand these agreements' implications before signing them.

Whether referred to as a contract or agreement, these documents come in various forms, including but not limited to, purchase agreements, commercial leases, non-disclosure agreements, and loan agreements. If you own a business, the range of contracts integral to your operations could be even more diverse.

Identifying a Legally Binding Contract

It's vital to recognise when you're dealing with a legally binding contract. Typically, the hallmarks of such an agreement include:

  1. A clear offer delineated within the contract.

  2. A solicitation for acceptance of the offer's terms.

  3. Consideration, denoting mutual promises or agreements to either act or refrain from a certain act.

The Uniqueness of Every Contract

Not all contracts and agreements are formal, professional documents that are easy to comprehend. In fact, even formal contracts can be challenging to interpret. Most contracts fall within the following five categories:

  1. Written contracts

  2. Verbal contracts

  3. Part verbal, part written contracts

  4. Standard form contracts

  5. Agreement by conduct.

Whenever you encounter a contract, it's essential to thoroughly review and understand its terms and conditions, including any applicable statutory implied terms. If it is deemed to be legally binding, you are obligated to adhere to the contract terms and the implied terms.

Professional Legal Guidance

At Arida Lawyers, we extend a broad spectrum of legal services designed to support individuals and businesses. Located in Parramatta, we specialise in Commercial Law and Litigation. Our clientele spans individuals, small to medium-sized businesses and national corporations. Our focus is on delivering results, including client satisfaction, efficiency, and transparent communication.

If you require assistance with your contract-related matter, contact Arida Lawyers today at 1300 146 390 or email us at We're here to ensure your legal interests are always protected.

This article provides general information relevant to our expert services. It is not legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. If you are seeking legal advice, you should contact us for a free initial consultation.

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