As an Atlanta breach of contract lawyer, I am seeing more and more Georgia breach of contract claims. My opinion is that part of the increase in frequency of breach of contract claims is attributable to the difficult economic times we have encountered. In my Georgia business litigation law firm, I have seen a dramatic increase in breach of contract claims relating to business, real estate, lease agreements, and other forms of contracts. However, the proper way to handle a breach of contract situation is to seek an experienced breach of contract lawyer as soon as you think a claim may exist.
A breach of contract in legal terms amounts to a broken promise to do, or not do an act. Under general principles of law, a breach of contract occurs when a party fails to perform any material term of a contract without having an acceptable legal reason. The contract may be written, oral, or even implied. Under Georgia law, a breach of contract may include not finishing a job, failure to make payment in full or on time, failure to deliver goods, substituting inferior or significantly different goods, not insuring goods, or even failure to begin work on an agreement. In fact, if a party conveys they will not be able to perform under a contract, this is constitutes a form of breach of contract called “anticipatory breach,” and occurs where a party indicates by words or acts that party will not begin, complete, or otherwise materially perform the promised work.