What canI do if a breach of contract has occurred?

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What canI do if a breach of contract has occurred?

A have a signed contract with a sign business to make me a sign for my business. I gave him money to start my sign but haven’t heard from him. It’s been a month and haven’t heard from him since I gave him the money. I’ve left messages and have called from different phones but nothing. What should I do?

Asked on December 14, 2011 under Business Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You can sue him. Contracts are enforceable in court; if a party to a contract does not honor its obligations, the other party may sue for one or more of the following: the return of money paid; other direct economic losses or damages caused by the non-performance; for a court order directing that breaching party "cure" its breach and perform the contract (though this is rare except in real estate cases). For smaller amounts you could sue in small claims court, represent yourself, and avoid paying lawyer fees. Good luck.


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