In the last post we talked about boilerplate clauses, specifically, the “integration clause.”
There are lots of other boilerplate sections that might seem to just be boring and unnecessary text, something you might drop if you didn’t know why they exist. Let’s look at two more.
Example one is the jurisdiction and choice of law clause. The fundamental purpose of a contract is to be able to enforce your rights if there is a dispute. You might assume that you can sue on your contract in the city and state where you made the deal, but that might not be the case. If the other party is in another city or state, they may have asked their attorney to specify that all disputes be resolved in the courts of that city in that state. If they did, it’s also likely that they specified that their local state law would apply.
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