In a series of lessons, you will gain deep insight on how contracts, both government and commercial, are interpreted by boards and courts. The rules are not always the same for them! We will also spend some time discussing good contract drafting that will avoid interpretation disputes. Filled with both legal theory (for the legally inclined) and practical application for the practitioner, you will develop a deeper appreciation for contract formatting, drafting quality contracts, and avoiding disputes, ambiguities, and misunderstandings.
Tuesdays – 10:00-11:30am ET
May 23, 30, Jun 6, 13, 20, 27
Interpreting contracts has been a challenge for as long as contracts have existed. Courts and boards have structured many rules to guide contract interpretation, and sometimes provided conflicting guidance. Legislation governing contracts has also taken different approaches. It is important to know which set of standards will apply to your contract. This introductory class will review ten of the most common rules and provide a foundation for the more detailed discussions in the remaining classes.