A purchase order is a document that a buyer of goods provides to a seller of goods outlining the terms of the sale, as well as the terms and conditions of the business relationship between the parties. Purchase orders are usually form contracts. Documents such as solicitations for bids and construction specifications are treated similarly to purchase orders.

Purchase orders may conflict with sales invoices, which are similar contracts provided by the seller of goods to the buyer.

What Should Be Included in a Purchase Order?

  • Quantity and Price of Specified Goods
  • Method of Acceptance
  • Shipping Instructions
  • Cancellation Procedures
  • Inspection Procedures
  • Right of Buyer to Reject Goods
  • Requirement of Seller to Substitute or Replace Goods
  • Warranties
  • Assignability of Contract

How Can a Lawyer Help?

If you are drafting a purchase order or sales contract, a business attorney will help guide you through the complicated legal process so that you will be able to protect your legal rights. In the event that your purchase order has been breached, an attorney can help you get the remedy you deserve and/or help you protect yourself and your business in the future.