Has Your Business Been Sued in Massachusetts?
The Forum Selection Clause:
Most contracts – for everything from the sale of goods or services to business loans to non-compete agreements to investment agreements – contain what are called a ‘forum selection clause’. A forum selection clause is used to pre-determine the jurisdiction and very often the specific court in which any dispute related to the contract must be brought. Lawsuits filed in a jurisdiction outside the scope of the forum selection clause can be dismissed.
Typically a forum selection clause favors one party over another. Often the seller of goods or services or lender or employer will choose the forum closest to them. For a counterparty (buyer of goods or services, borrower or employee, etc.) located across the country or in another country, a forum selection clause can be a real and expensive barrier to filing suit. In order to file suit for claims related to the contract – such as a breach of contract – that counterparty typically must hire an attorney located, and licensed to practice law, in the forum chosen by the forum selection clause.
Local Counsel in Massachusetts
That’s where The Jacobs Law LLC comes in. Our Business Lawyers regularly represent out-of-state clients who have been sued in a Massachusetts court or who desire to file a lawsuit in a Massachusetts court against a party located here and/or pursuant to the requirements of a forum selection clause. We are dedicated to advancing small business interests everywhere, and provide Business Law and Business Litigation legal services to our clients.
Quality, Accessibility, Cost-Efficient Representation:
The Jacobs Law LLC’s Business Litigation Lawyers pride themselves on being regularly accessible and readily available to all clients: big and small, local and out-of-town. We accomplish this by regularly updating our clients by email, taking client calls whenever possible, returning client calls as soon as possible and by using communications technology such as video-conferencing and file and screen sharing software to bridge the distance between us. Our local clients also take advantage of these features to avoid the time, traffic and parking costs that a trip into the city requires.
National law firms that may have an office in your home state are one option but consider the additional costs:
- a national law firm with an office in Phoenix, Arizona may charge one amount in Phoenix but its Boston office will likely charge some of the highest rates in the city. Once your case is referred out to the Boston office, you will be assessed the rates charged by the office that does the work: Boston. Because we keep our overhead low, our hourly rates are highly competitive and in many cases may be less than half the rates charged by partner-level lawyers in a national law firm’s Boston office.
- a national law firm with an office in your home city and an office in Boston or a relationship with an affiliated law firm in Boston will increase fees and costs because the home firm will charge you to copy and transfer the file, to communicate with and receive updates from the Boston attorney and, in some circumstances, to review the work of the Boston attorney.
You can avoid these additional costs and expenses by retaining The Jacobs Law LLC directly.
Counties & Courts For Which We Offer Litigation Representation:
Suffolk County Superior Court Norfolk County Superior Courts
Boston Municipal Court Dedham Superior Court
District Courts in Essex County Plymouth County Superior Courts
Newburyport Superior Court Plymouth Superior Court
Salem Superior Court Brockton Superior Court
Lawrence Superior Court District Courts in Essex County
Essex County Superior Courts District Courts in Plymouth County
District Courts in Bristol County District Courts in Middlesex County
Middlesex County Superior Courts Woburn Superior Court
Lowell Superior Court Bristol County Superior Courts
Taunton Superior Court New Bedford Superior Court
Fall River Superior Court District Courts in Norfolk County
If you or your business have been sued in Massachusetts or you need to sue a party in a Massachusetts, you need a Massachusetts lawyer. The Boston Business Lawyers at The Jacobs Law LLC can help – and you will benefit from our competitive rates, use of communications technology and client-centric philosophy. Please contact the Business Litigation Lawyers at The Jacobs Law LLC today at 800-652-4783 or BUSINESS@THEJACOBSLAW.COM.
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