If you have entered into a contract with someone or some party to perform a job or to have a job performed, you have a legal document. A contract is an agreement signed by all parties involved both those parties who will be paid and those who will pay to perform some sort of function. That signed agreement or contract has legal rights. There is a branch of law known as contract law that deals only with contracts and the legal enforcing of contract stipulations if either party breaks that contract. A contract is a legal document that is usually prepared by a lawyer , who most probably use legal practice management software to make the process easier, but some parties make their own contracts and sign them to ensure that they have something in writing to prove either side if anything should prevent the completion of the contract or the payment of the contract when the work is performed as written.
Putting things in writing serves as proof since people can always renege on their spoken word. A contract or a written agreement has laws all its own that can be used in court to make either side pay for any infringement of the written conditions of the contract. If you have a contract and feel that you were taken advantage of by the other party, you can contact a contract law lawyer and see if he will accept your case.
Usually, the contract law attorney will want to decide for himself if the case is worth his time since he will have to charge you for his services if your contract amount or the opposing side does not seem sufficient to cover his time and court expense. Depending on how disturbed you are at the infringement of your contract terms by your opponent, you might offer to pay the contract law lawyer for his time and for court costs. Your contract is your protection when dealing with people who are being paid to perform some function or some service to you.
Your contract is your protection when you go out to perform a service or a function for someone other than yourself to stipulate how much you will be paid and what time period, if any, the work needs to be completed. While some contract problems can be handled by a small claims court, it is usually smart to hire a lawyer who can make the losing side pay damages. Getting a contract violation in court is only part of the situation that involves restitution on either side.