Contract Law

A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Contract Law in New Jersey

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 disputed, breached or being enforced.

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

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 is a legally enforceable agreement (a promise) between parties to do something or not to do something. Business people, private individuals, consumers and corporations enter into contracts every day for many reasons.  For example, an agreement to buy a car or home typically includes a contract. If one hires a contractor or a service provider or purchases a product, a written or verbal contract exists.

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 enforceability should a dispute develop.

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.

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One should always read and understand a proposed contract before signing it and being held accountable to its terms and conditions.  As you continue reading, you’ll appreciate the free advice I just gave you.  Read the entire page and understand what it means to you.


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Fredrick P. Niemann Esq.

Fredrick P. Niemann Esq.

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