Uniform Commercial Code Disputes

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What Is the Uniform Commercial Code?

The Uniform Commercial Code, or "UCC" for short, is a major body of statutes that governs business and contract matters. It sets forth many different definitions, guidelines, and procedures for dealing with contract claims and lawsuits. Almost all states have adopted the UCC and adhere to its principles and guidelines.

What Does the UCC Cover?

The UCC mainly covers sales of goods (moveable objects, not land or real estate). The titles of the Articles help give a picture of what is covered in the code. They are:

Therefore, the UCC is a broad, comprehensive body that covers many, many different situations. It often serves as a guide by "filling in" information in a contract that is unintentionally left out. Persons who wish to avoid UCC conflicts should therefore be careful that contracts are very clear and don’t leave out important pieces of information.

Who Does the Code Apply To?

The Uniform Commercial Code generally applies to persons who are "merchants." These are persons who are skilled in a field of business or who have specific business knowledge above the level of a normal citizen. This includes persons such as business managers, sales persons, contractors, skilled workers, and other persons.

The UCC applies whenever there is at least one merchant involved in the transaction. Contracts between persons who aren’t merchants generally are not covered by the UCC. This is why it is called a "uniform commercial code" – it is supposed to provide guidelines for official commerce and business activities rather than personal interactions.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Business Transactions?

As you might be able to tell, the Uniform Commercial Code can be a daunting body of law to deal with. It’s in your best interests if you need to hire a lawyer for any type of business or contract needs. This includes topics such as contract drafting and review, negotiations, and resolving contract disputes. Your attorney can provide legal guidance on such matters and can assist you in court during a lawsuit if needed.

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Last Modified: 11-12-2013 02:49 PM PST

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