Contract Law

Understanding a Contract Under NJ Law

Written by Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Monmouth County, New Jersey Contract Attorney

I Signed What?

How often have you heard that phrase, or maybe this phrase… “that’s not the agreement I made”? Perhaps no area of the law in New Jersey has been more discussed than contracts, especially when a contract is being disputed, breached or enforced.

This site is intended to help you better understand contracts in New Jersey. It’s been written in simple, plain English. May I encourage you to read each page and watch our informative video’s so you can become knowledgeable about the law of contracts in NJ.

See Our Video on The Basics of New Jersey Contract Law

Introduction to Contracts in New Jersey

To understand contracts in NJ, you need to know the basics of a contract and New Jersey contract law, including the legal definition of a contract.

Simply stated, a contract in NJ is a legally enforceable agreement (a promise) between parties to do something or not to do something. Individuals, consumers and businesses enter into contracts every day for many reasons. For example, an agreement to buy a car or home typically involves a contract. If one hires a contractor or a service provider for his or her business or personal use or purchases a product, a contract is created. There are several factors to consider when determining whether a contract has been created. Once a contract has been created, it must then be determined if there are any defenses that call into question the contract’s validity and enforce-ability. Finally, if there has been a breach of the contract, there is a question of whether a party is entitled to money damages or other relief under NJ contract law.


One should always read and understand a proposed contract before signing it and being held to its terms and conditions.


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Call Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. toll-free at 855-376-5291 or email him at to set up a mutually convenient and low cost consultation to discuss your NJ contract before you sign the dotted line(s) or during its performance, especially if problems start to develop.

NJ Contract Attorney serving these New Jersey Counties:

Monmouth County, Ocean County, Essex County, Cape May County, Camden County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Bergen County, Morris County, Burlington County, Union County, Somerset County, Hudson County, Passaic County


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