Contracts and Transactions
Our business and healthcare law firm represents healthcare providers with regard to contracts and transactions, including the following:
- Health plan and other third party payer contracts
- Managed care and PPO network agreements
- Business ownership and joint venture agreements
- Physician employment agreements
- Employment contracts (non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, severance agreements)
- Agreements that protect intellectual property and proprietary interests (non-disclosure agreements, licensing agreements, exclusive rights agreements)
- Equipment leases and real estate leases
- Independent contractor and consulting agreements
Because no two transactions are alike, undue reliance upon form contracts can be a costly mistake. Every meaningful business contract should be properly memorialized in a written contract negotiated and drafted by a lawyer with experience in this area of law, according to the particular needs and objectives of the business.
Our healthcare and business law firm represents clients in Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia and throughout the Communities We Serve. Kevin Little and Lee Hamil Little are Georgia and South Carolina healthcare lawyers with extensive experience as attorneys. To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, email us at email@example.com or contact us at our office nearest you.Contracts 101
"A verbal contract isn't worth
the paper it's written on."
An enforceable contract requires no more than a promise to perform in exchange for valuable consideration and, in most circumstances, does not have to be in writing. The importance of reducing business agreements to writing is obvious. Nevertheless, due to expedience, neglect, short-sighted and incorrect perceptions about "saving" money, or for other reasons, a business may fail to ensure that all significant agreements are in writing and properly prepared by an experienced business lawyer. Proper contracting is critical to making money in a way that minimizes business risks, including litigation.
A business owner's vigilance about proper contracting should not end once a signed contract is in place. Under some circumstances, a written contract can be modified by the parties’ course of dealings. Business owners and entrepreneurs devote and invest enormous personal capital by way of time, effort, and money to start and advance their enterprise. Large or small, every business should be vigilant in ensuring important operations, transactions and relationships are protected by proper contracting. Important contracts should be prepared by business counsel and periodically reviewed by counsel. Preferably, a contract should be prepared by a lawyer who, from experience in litigation, truly understands how particular contract terms are litigated in court.
The possibility of litigation should factor carefully into the preparation of every contract and transaction. It is important to have a business litigation attorney prepare, or at least review, business contracts to ensure that particular provisions are included to protect the client should a dispute occur.