Most written business contracts and insurance policies contain language that is incomplete, confusing, or even misleading. Misunderstandings and disputes over the proper interpretation of the written agreement can spark expensive litigation. Whether a written agreement is truly ambiguous is a question of law for a Court (or an arbitration panel) to determine, using the legal rules for contract interpretation.

Standardized industry contract forms can be very helpful, but blind reliance on standard industry forms can result in expensive misunderstandings. In the construction industry, leading industry contract forms include the American Institute of Architects (AIA) family of contract forms, the ConsensusDocs family of contract forms, and the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee’s (EJCDC) family of contract forms. Each of the standardized contract forms has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Most of Georgia’s (pre-UCC) statutes for interpreting and enforcing common law contracts are at Georgia Code Title 13, O.G.G.A. sections 13-1-1 to 13-11-11. Most of Georgia’s UCC statutes for interpreting and enforcing UCC contracts for the sale of goods are at Georgia Code Title 11, Article 2, O.C.G.A. sections 11-2-1 to 11-2-328. The Copeland Law Firm has unlimited electronic access to all the state and federal statutes and published case law that governs the interpretation and enforcement of written contracts.

If you need experienced, affordable legal advice or representation for a contract interpretation dispute, call Atlanta breach of contract lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com to schedule an initial consultation. Contingency, modified contingency, and reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some matters.

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