I Just Wanted a Simple Agreement, Not a “War and Peace” Rewrite

June 27, 2022

Have you ever reviewed a contract, gotten to the end and wondered what all these “boilerplate” provisions are all about?  In the alternative, you think you have come up with a simple and easy-to-understand agreement with the other side only to have the attorneys turn it into a “War and Peace” rewrite.  I am here to tell you that these boilerplate provisions that you may not think are important actually have meaning and are included in agreements to protect your interests.  Over the next few weeks, I am going to provide you with overviews of some of the key boilerplate provisions including the following:

  • Choice of law & Jurisdiction;
  • Indemnification, Warranties & Confidentiality.
  • Assignment, Waiver, Limitations on damages & Force majeure.
  • Attorneys’ fees and costs, Arbitration & Jury trial waiver.
  • Severability, Attachments, Notice & Relationships.
  • Headings, Integration & Counterparts

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