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In business dealings and legal agreements, contracts serve as the backbone of trust and accountability. However, when one party fails to fulfill its obligations under a contract, it can lead to significant financial losses and legal complications. At Civardi & Obiol, our experienced attorneys specialize in handling breach of contract cases for clients throughout New York. Let us help you understand your rights and options and seek justice for breaches of contract.

What is a Breach of Contract?

A breach of contract occurs when one party fails to perform its duties as outlined in a legally binding agreement without a valid excuse. These breaches can take various forms, including material breaches, minor breaches, and anticipatory breaches.

Material Breach

A material breach transpires when a party’s failure to uphold its contractual duties is of such magnitude that it substantially deprives the other party of the benefits they were entitled to under the terms of the contract.

This type of breach often serves as the foundation for legal claims seeking damages or even the termination of the contract itself. Material breaches are considered significant violations, warranting swift action to rectify the harm caused.

Minor Breach

Alternatively referred to as a partial breach, a minor breach occurs when a party fails to fulfill certain contractual obligations, yet the overarching purpose of the contract remains intact.

While this breach may not jeopardize the fundamental essence of the agreement, it nonetheless entitles the non-breaching party to pursue legal recourse for damages incurred. However, in such instances, the non-breaching party may be obligated to continue fulfilling its own obligations under the contract, preserving the contractual balance.

Anticipatory Breach

An anticipatory breach unfolds when one party, either explicitly or implicitly, communicates its unwillingness or inability to fulfill its contractual obligations prior to the designated performance date.

This breach is often discerned through actions, such as non-performance or declarations indicating an impending failure to meet contractual obligations. Recognizing the seriousness of such conduct, the non-breaching party is empowered to treat the anticipatory breach as an immediate breach of contract, enabling prompt pursuit of legal remedies to address the breach and mitigate ensuing damages.

By delineating the distinctions between material, minor, and anticipatory breaches, individuals and businesses alike gain a comprehensive understanding of breach of contract scenarios. Armed with this knowledge, parties can navigate contractual disputes effectively, safeguarding their rights and interests in the face of contractual non-compliance.

Legal Remedies for Breach of Contract

When a breach of contract occurs, the non-breaching party may pursue various legal remedies to address the harm caused. These remedies may include:

  • Damages: The non-breaching party may seek monetary damages to compensate for the financial losses suffered as a result of the breach. These damages may include compensatory damages to cover the actual losses incurred, consequential damages for additional losses resulting from the breach, and sometimes punitive damages to punish the breaching party for its wrongful actions.
  • Specific Performance: In cases where monetary damages are inadequate to remedy the harm caused by the breach, the non-breaching party may seek specific performance. This remedy requires the breaching party to fulfill its contractual obligations as originally agreed upon.
  • Cancellation and Restitution: If the breach is severe enough, the non-breaching party may choose to cancel the contract and seek restitution for any benefits conferred under the contract.

Why Choose Civardi & Obiol for Your Breach of Contract Case?

At Civardi & Obiol, we bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the table when handling breach of contract matters. Our approach is characterized by:

  • Strategic Representation: Crafting tailored legal strategies to address the unique circumstances of each case, ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients.
  • Thorough Advocacy: Providing comprehensive support and advocacy throughout the legal process, from negotiation to litigation, to protect our clients’ rights and interests.
  • Personalized Attention: Offering individualized attention and guidance to clients, keeping them informed and empowered every step of the way.
  • Proven Track Record: Demonstrating a history of success in securing favorable outcomes for clients facing breach of contract disputes.

How We Can Help

If your business has suffered due to a breach of contract, it’s essential to understand your rights and potential legal remedies. Our knowledgeable attorneys will guide you through the process, fighting relentlessly for your rights and holding those responsible accountable.At Civardi & Obiol PC, our qualified New York commercial litigators will help walk you through the process every step of the way. We will fight for your rights. To learn more or schedule a free consultation, contact us today!