Anticipatory Repudiation Lawyers
What Is Anticipatory Repudiation?
Anticipatory repudiation occurs when a party to a contract stops obeying the contract before the contract is complete.
What Am I Entitled to?
Upon breach of contract, the aggrieved party is entitled to damages and may also be released from the contract. In anticipatory repudiation, the aggrieved party is entitled to:
- Choose a remedy for breach: such as money or performance of the contract
- Suspend his own performance
- However, the aggrieved party will likely have to wait for a reasonable amount of time for the other party to perform the contract
Can Repudiation of a Contract Be Retracted?
Yes, the repudiating party may withdraw its anticipatory breach:
- By any method which clearly indicates to the aggrieved party that the contract will be performed
- If it reimburses the aggrieved party for any delay caused by the repudiation
- Unless the aggrieved party has shown that it relied on that repudiation
What Should an Aggrieved Party Do after Breach?
There are a number of things a party can do after receiving notice of an anticipatory breach. The aggrieved party has the:
- Right to demand a guarantee of performance
- Right to accept or reject items under the contract, in whole or in part
- Right to reject any installment that is defective – if the defect significantly impairs the value of the whole contract, and cannot be fixed, the buyer can treat it as a breach of the entire contract, but the buyer must notify the seller of the defect
Do I Need a Lawyer for My Anticipatory Repudiation Contract Issue?
Contract law and anticipatory repudiation can be quite complicated. An attorney can advise you on what to do if you are insecure about the whether the other party will perform the terms of the contract or not. Additionally, every state has different filing procedures and deadlines for breach of contract claims. An attorney can help a party conform to the applicable procedural rules and collect all the proper documents to prove a breach.
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Last Modified: 08-25-2011 02:49 PM PDT
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