As a business owner, you’re well aware of the vital role contracts play in the successful operation and growth of your company. Far too often, though, one or more parties may fail to follow through on their commitment. When a breach of contract arises, your business, your reputation, and your livelihood may suffer. Find out how an experienced legal team can help you fight for the results you deserve.

Our attorneys at Detroit Legal Group PLLC are prepared to help you seek a solution to your contract dispute, whether it involves an out-of-court settlement or litigation. Let us take on your legal burden while you focus your energy on what matters most: running your business. Contact our office in Detroit when you need skilled counsel in Dearborn, Warren, or Southfield, Michigan.

Types of Contract Breaches

After a contract is signed, all involved parties are bound together for a set period of time. Far too often, however, one or more parties may deviate from the terms set forth in the agreement, inciting a breach of contract. There are five categories commonly used to describe breaches of contract:

  • Minor breaches

  • Material breaches

  • Anticipatory breaches

  • Fundamental breaches

  • Actual breaches

Our contract attorneys are prepared to explain the type of breach you’re facing as well as outline potential next steps. Schedule a free consultation with us today to get started.

Elements of a Breach of Contract Claim

In order for your claim to qualify as a breach of contract in a court of law, you must be able to prove the existence of three elements:

  1. Proof of the existence of a contract. The courts will require concrete evidence that a contract exists, and it may not be as simple as a handshake, a verbal agreement, or even a signed document. You will have to prove there was (a) an offer, (b) an acceptance of the offer, and (c) consideration was given in the interest of accepting the offer.

  2. Proof that the opposing party failed to perform or provide their obligations and that they did not have a substantial reason for not doing so

  3. Proof that the other party’s failure to perform or provide resulted in damages

If your claim meets all three of these qualifications, you may have grounds for legal action and should seek the help of an attorney.



Defenses for Breach of Contract

When it comes to your breach of contract case, it’s important to be aware of defenses the other side may use. Most will involve affirmative defenses, which focus on proving mitigating circumstances that led to the contract breach. The defendant may try to prove:

  • The contract was supposed to be in writing.

  • There is a mistake in the contract.

  • The contract terms weren’t agreed on or finalized.

  • He or she lacked the capacity to contract.

  • He or she was fraudulently induced to enter into a contract.

  • The contract is egregiously unfair.

  • The contract is illegal.

The defendant may also assert a right that contradicts what was said or agreed upon in the contract. At Detroit Legal Group PLLC, we’ve witnessed a variety of defenses over the years, and we’re able to use what we’ve learned to prepare you for your case.

How We Can Help

You’ve worked hard to build a business you’re proud of. Don’t let a breach of contract get in the way of its success. Let us help you pursue a fair result. Our team is here to explain your options, from mediation to arbitration to litigation. Get started on a path forward by contacting our office in Detroit, Michigan. Since 2007, we’ve represented clients throughout the area, including residents of Dearborn, Southfield, and Warren. Schedule your free consultation today.


When a vendor or business partner doesn’t follow through on an agreement, you deserve to hold them accountable. As your breach of contract attorneys, we understand you want to put this issue behind you. Let us lead the way. Contact us for representation in Detroit, Michigan, or the surrounding area.