Small Business Tip: Include Provision in Your Contracts to Recover Attorneys’ Fees
Reason to Add an Attorney Fee Provision
You’re running a small business. You have a form, purchase order, or other short contract you always use. Take a moment to look at your forms and contracts. Do they include an attorney fee provision? If not, we recommend that you add one.
If someone fails to pay you, you might need to file a lawsuit to recover what you are owed. Going to court is expensive. In Tennessee, each party is responsible for paying their own attorney fees. That’s right–even if you win in court, you generally can’t make the other side pay your attorney fees unless you have an attorney fee provision in your contract. For more information on attorney fees, read this blog post.
Sample Attorney Fee Provision
If any party institutes any action or proceeding to enforce any provision of this contract by reason of any alleged breach of any provision herein, the prevailing party shall be entitled to receive from the losing party all legal fees and costs incurred in connection with any such proceeding.
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