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Force Majeure Clauses: Post COVID-19

January 17, 2023 by in Blog

A Force Majeure clause is considered an “Act of God” which means it is in relation to natural events such as storms, fires, pandemic, etc. The clause is defined as any party that could not fulfill their contractual obligations due to the pandemic.

The courts must be able to find the pandemic responsible for both parties not being able to abide by their contractual obligations. Essentially, any event(s) outlined by a contract which could not be obliged between one or both parties are included in this clause.

What was the Pandemic?

We have all lived through some pretty hard times, especially the pandemic in 2020. But what does that mean to you? The COVID-19 pandemic created difficult times for everyone, due to business shutdowns and widespread illness.

It seems like COVID-19 popped up overnight as most humans became uncertain of the fate of the world. Now we find ourselves cleaning up the mess that was left in the aftermath. This applies to contracts and lawsuits.

Affected by Force Majeure?

If your business was affected by force majeure, talk to one of our lawyers today. Many contracts throughout the pandemic contained a force majeure clause which means one or both parties could not fulfill contractual obligation.

If you find yourself in the middle of a contract dispute due to a force majeure clause, you’re going to need a knowledgeable expert to answer your questions.

It’s crucial for those who own businesses to understand how this clause applies in specific situations so that they can make informed decisions.

How Does Force Majeure Apply During COVID-19?

The novel coronavirus caused widespread disruption across all industries.
Many businesses and homeowners had projects delayed due to mandated shutdowns and travel restrictions, while others have been unable to close on contracts due to delays in processing paperwork.

Meanwhile, home and business owners found themselves unable to pay and abide by contractual obligations either due to job loss or other financial hardships resulting from COVID-19.

Force majeure may apply as a defense against breach of contract claims if the performance of the agreement becomes impossible due to circumstances related directly or indirectly to COVID-19.

How Force Majeure Affects Businesses

When force majeure clauses are invoked due to COVID-19, businesses may not have to fulfill their obligations under certain contracts.

For example: if a business was leasing office space when the pandemic began, they may be able to invoke force majeure and not have to pay for the space if they were unable to use it for an extended period of time due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Anything legally related to a force majeure clause should be handled by our legal counsel.

Tackling Tough Cases

Every case is different the same way our clients differ. With the right attorney, you’ll find your case to be taken care of professionally!

By investigating your litigation option and understanding your law firm’s past successes, you’ll increase your chances of hiring an attorney with a proven track record of winning in court.

Taking on tough cases takes work; it takes experience, research, and time to get on a winning path. This is especially true in many COVID-19 lawsuits. We must prove that you or the other party could not fulfill their obligations.

Finding a Lawyer

If you find yourself in the middle of a lawsuit and need representation, contact the law firm of Lacey Lyons Rezanka. We have offices in Rockledge and Melbourne for your convenience. We are based on three fundamental principles: trust, excellence, and professional ethics.

The following are methods of finding a good lawyer:

  • Research
  • Experience
  • History

Research

Before you start your search for a lawyer, it’s crucial to do research. Start by looking at online reviews of lawyers in the Brevard area and read their website thoroughly.

Pay attention to what kind of cases they specialize in. In this case, you’ll be looking for someone with experience in force majeure concerning the pandemic.

Experience

Of course, with anyone representing you, you’ll need a lawyer with experience. Make sure that the lawyer’s expertise matches up with the type of case you are bringing forth and that their practice focuses on the specific area of law related to your case.

You will also need to select a lawyer who is personable and easy to talk to since this will ensure that communication between the two of you is open and honest throughout the lawsuit.

History

When looking for someone to represent you in a lawsuit, it’s vital to make sure that you’re choosing the right lawyer. You want someone with a history in litigation and knowing how to win their cases.

Don’t be on the losing side of a contract. Let our team get you the representation you deserve. We’ll educate you on your contractual rights and define them within the perimeters of the law.

You deserve to be on the winning side and with our lawyers, you’ll always win with professional legal expertise!

Contact Lacey Lyons Rezanka

Force majeure clauses can provide relief for businesses during difficult times like the pandemic caused by COVID-19.

These clauses relieve one or both parties of liability if an event or circumstance beyond their control prevents them from fulfilling their obligations under the contract.

Through our legal expertise, we won’t let you become a victim of COVID-19 and how it affected you!

Melbourne Office:
6023 Farcenda Pl
Suite 102
Melbourne, FL 32940
Phone: 321-608-0890
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Email: info@llr.law

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