Knoxville Contract Disputes and Lawsuits Lawyer

Representing Individuals and Small Businesses Claimants

Barnes Law Firm represents individuals and small businesses in business and contract disputes.
Breach of contracts may arise in a variety of different settings and contexts, including a construction contracts, real estate contracts, employment contracts, and partnership agreements, among countless others.

Barnes Law Firm offers free consultations where you and one of our attorneys will sit down and discuss your legal concerns and make sure all your questions are answered.

During our first meeting, we will talk through your unique situation and gather the information we need to identify every potential contract claim and the potential damages that you may be entitled to recover for those claims. If we determine that you have a viable claim, we will discuss your options for pursuing that claim and what you can expect in the process.

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Common Questions to Ask Yourself to Help Your Attorney Determine What Type of Contract Claims You May Allege Against the Opposing Party:

Step 1: Did a contract ever exist?

  1. Did I make an offer? Receive an offer?
  2. Accept an offer? They accepted my offer?
  3. Was it an oral or written contract?
  4. What evidence do I have to prove the existence of the contract?
  5. What did I promise them?
  6. What did they promise me?
  7. Am I a merchant? Do I usually sell deal with goods of the kind that was the subject matter of this contract dispute?

In sum, a contract requires: (1) an offer; (2) acceptance of the offer; and (3) consideration or promises by each party to do something in return for what they are receiving.

Breach in the Formation Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. Why did I enter into a contract with the other party in the first place? Why did they enter into the contract
  2. What did I expect to receive from the contract when I signed the contract? What did they expect?
  3. How is what I received from the other party different from what I expected to receive?
  4. Did anything occur between the time that we signed the contract and the contract was breached that made the contract impossible or impracticable for one of us to continue to abide by the contract?
  5. Do I have any reason to believe that the other party expected something to happen? Why?
  6. Did the other party misrepresent any facts to me before entering into the contract or attempt to trick me in any way?

Performance Contract Breach Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. Why did I or the other party stop performing? When?
  2. What communications happened between us regarding the issue with performance? Do I have any written correspondence with the other party or internal communications about these communications?
  3. When was performance expected?
  4. Was the date of completion important? Why? Was the completion date’s importance explained to the other party?
  5. Is the performance that I received defective or different from what I expected?
  6. Did the other party fail to abide by one of the terms of the contract? Which term? How?
  7. Did I ever receive payments from the other party for my performance? How much?
  8. Why did they not pay me the rest of the money owed to me? Why did I not pay them?


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How can the lawyers at Barnes Law firm help you with your contract lawsuit?

The attorneys at Barnes Law Firm understand each potential claim underlying a lawsuit. Your answers to the aforementioned questions are common questions that our attorneys may ask you during the very first consultation to determine what type of claims are available in your specific contract dispute. Having a well thought out answer to each of these questions, with supporting documentation, will help provide us with the information that we need to file a lawsuit to enforce your contract or alleviate you from your contractual obligations.

After the initial consultation, our attorneys will work diligently to further investigate your case and research the applicable law before filing your lawsuit. Our attorneys will negotiate a settlement agreement with the opposing party to resolve your claim and, if we do not receive a suitable offer, bring your case to either a bench trial or a jury trial.

Please see our Timeline of a Civil Lawsuit page for more details about the process of a civil lawsuit.

How Barnes Law is paid for its work on your case?

Barnes Law Firm offers flexible option when it comes to paying fees. Depending on the circumstances of your case, our attorneys will work with you to determine what the best payment option is for your situation. Some potential payment options include a payment over time, a flat-fee, a contingency fee or a combination of multiple of these payment options.

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Schedule your free, contract dispute consultation by calling us today at (865) 805-5703 or contacting us online immediately. At Barnes Law Firm our practice revolves around helping individuals and small businesses in East Tennessee solve their legal issues.

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Client Testimonials

"John is amazing not only did he get the outcome he promised he did it in a shorter time than he originally said. He went above and beyond in returning my emails and phone calls. John and staff truly cared about me as a person. I highly recommend John Barnes."

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"I would highly recommend Mr. Barnes to everyone & I would definitely contact Mr. Barnes if I or anyone in my family should ever need an attorney again:) They were all very professional, friendly & treated our case with importance:) Mr.Barnes got my son’s DUI dropped to reckless driving so I would definitely recommend him to everyone!!!!!!!"

Alicia U.

"Mr. Barnes and his staff are amazing. I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job with my case. At no point in the long process was I disappointed in any way with how things were handled."

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