Each of us enters into several contracts every day – whether we realize it or not. Contracts can be verbal or written. Contracts can also be breached, which can lead to a host of additional legal issues. In this article, we are going to talk about what you need to know about Illinois breach of contract law.
Common Types of Contracts
There are many different types of contracts that one could enter into in the state of Illinois. Here are a few of the most common types of contracts:
- Business-Employee Contracts
- Business-to-Business Contracts
- Utilities Contracts
- Purchase of Goods or Services
- Real Estate Transactions
- Rental & Lease Agreements
Forming a Contract
Under Illinois law, a contract is entered into when three criteria are met. Here are those three criteria that need to be met in order to form a contract:
- An offer by one party
- An acceptance by a second party
- A “consideration” that is exchanged (money for goods or services, etc.)
Some contracts are unwritten and implicit. When you go to a restaurant, you order and pay for your food, and you expect the restaurant to bring you what you ordered. If the restaurant refused to bring you the food you paid for, they are in breach of contract.
Breach of Contract
In order to bring a legal breach of contract claim, you need to prove all of the following:
- A legal contract exists
- One party failed to live up to their end of the bargain
- One party suffered damages as a result of breached contract
Naperville Criminal & Civil Defense Lawyers
If you’re facing a criminal or civil legal issue, it can be confusing and scary to go about it alone. Having a skilled attorney by your side is the best course of action to protect your rights throughout the process. At Appelman & Lloyd, our Illinois defense lawyers have decades of experience. Contact our criminal and civil defense lawyers today to set up your free consultation. Our primary office is located in Naperville, but we represent clients throughout the Chicago area.