Basics of Drafting Commercial Contracts: Translating the Meeting of the Minds into a Tangible Agreement

Originally held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.



Program Instructor:

Jason Aylesworth
Sendroff & Baruch, LLP

  • Most lawyers say to their clients: “Get it in writing!”  However, a number of lawyers do not know the fundamentals of drafting a binding contract.  This course is an introduction for lawyers who are looking to create an agreement from scratch.  Attendees will learn the overall structure of a contract and its parts, translating the terms and conditions of the deal into clear and concise provisions, and figuring out where to place each provision into a solid written agreement. In accordance with the CLE Board’s revised Regulations and Guidelines, if you attended this program in the past you may not be permitted to apply the CLE credit for this program to fulfill you current CLE requirements

    OnDemand: $179 for Members | $279 for Nonmembers
    Members who are Recent Law Graduates (not yet admitted), Newly Admitted Lawyers, In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges (and their staff), or attorneys that practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. Introduction & General Overview
    6:10 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. Hypothetical

    • Assignment from the Senior Partner at your firm
    • Informational Gathering from the client
    6:20 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. The Framework of a Contract from Top to Bottom
    6:40 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. The Initial Paragraphs

    • Preamble
    • Recitals
    • Words of Agreement
    6:50 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Definitions Section
    7:00 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. Break
    7:10 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Quick Recap
    7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Heart of the Agreement

    • Terms and Conditions
    • Consideration
    • Representations and Warranties
    8:00 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. Break
    8:10 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Quick Recap
    8:15 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. Finishing the Agreement

    • Endgame Provisions
    • Signature Lines
    • Exhibits and Schedules
    8:50 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Conclusion/Recap/Q&A

  • CLE Credit
    New York:
     3.0 Skills
    New Jersey:
     3.2 General
    2.5 General
     2.5 General

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