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Consider the following when drafting contracts for show dogs

A cookie cutter agreement may work for some Florida purebred owners, but for those who own show dogs together, these boilerplate agreements are more than likely going to be woefully inadequate. In order to avoid confrontations and disputes in the future, it may be better to consider drafting contracts that fit the unique circumstances and issues that the parties bring to the table. Otherwise, what should be a mutually beneficial relationship could quickly degrade into a courtroom battle from which neither party really emerges victorious.

Even though most contracts contain similar and basic provisions, each one can be customized to fit the needs, desires and expectations of the parties involved. The contract should clearly delineate what each party expects of the other. It is important for each party to be sure that these specific provisions include everything he or she wants. Once the contract is signed, its provisions legally bind him or her unless another contract is created and executed.

In addition to planning for the best case scenario, each party should include provisions regarding the worst case scenario as well. Things can and do often go awry, especially since the "property" involved in the contract is a living creature. Any contract should include how disputes will be resolved and what damages each party is entitled to under the contract.

Without an understanding of the legal requirements for drafting contracts and executing them, a Florida show dog owner could end up at a loss. It would more than likely be beneficial for prospective co-owners to take their concerns and requirements to an attorney who regularly deals with contract issues concerning show animals. Such an individual could assist in the negotiating, drafting and executing of a co-owner contract that is mutually satisfactory to the parties involved.

Source: petcha.com, "Tips For Show Dog Co-Ownership Contract Agreements", Lisa Curry, Accessed on July 30, 2017

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