A Severability Clause is part of the boilerplate provisions you find in many contracts. It essentially asks the court interpreting the contract to ignore just the unenforceable portions of the contract. Absent this provision, a court may choose to throw out the entire contract if there are any issues. Simple Severability Clause If any provision…

Contracts often have unenforceable provisions in them. Therefore, parties are not bound by every provision in a contract. In our previous blog, we talked about what makes a contract. In this blog, we talk about what is excluded from a contract.   Court Interpretation When we say something is excluded from a contract or held…

A Merger Clause (AKA “integration” or “entire agreement” clause) is a boilerplate portions of many contracts. They define the scope of the interpretation of a contract. Therefore, they can be incredibly useful clauses for protecting yourself! Merger Clause Benefits The length of your document becomes the downside of these clauses. The more words, the more…

What is a Choice of Law Clause? Every now and then, this question comes up. Choice of law clauses are pretty common boilerplate clauses in contracts. These allow the contracting parties to specify which state’s laws are used if there’s a dispute. Choice of Law Example For example, if both parties are in North Carolina,…

Choice of Law clauses are often very important clauses in contracts. However, they’re not always that critical. Sometimes, especially in real estate or in-person consumer contracts, the law that is to be applied is chosen for you. For example, the purchase of a piece of real estate generally must be governed by the laws of…

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