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Contract Termination

Many contracts contain a provision that requires notice, usually in writing, to be given in advance of terminating the agreement (commonly known as a “notice period”). If you need to cancel or terminate a contract or written agreement, be sure and contact a contract lawyer to make sure you are doing it correctly. We’ve seen cases were contracts are not properly drafted which makes them ambiguous. We’ve also seen contracts that were not properly cancelled. It’s always a good idea to contact us to discuss the situation first before you take action.

What to Do When a Contract Is Terminated Without Proper Notice

Failure by either party to provide the contractually-required notice can result in a breach of contract. If the contract breach results in damages—such as a party not being paid during the notice period—the damaged party may be able to recover their financial losses by filing a breach of contract lawsuit.


In May 2016, our client and a veterinary hospital located in Bonita Springs, Utah entered into an employment agreement for our client to serve as the veterinary hospital administrator. As part of the agreement, the parties promised to only terminate the contract upon at least 60 days’ notice.

For approximately one year, our client fully performed his work duties and helped the animal hospital grow its reputation and business. In March 2017, however, the hospital unilaterally terminated its employment agreement with our client without notice.

Realizing that it had violated the agreement, the hospital then requested our client’s resignation. He agreed to this—provided that he receive his 60-day severance pay and reimbursement for his out-of-pocket expenses. The animal hospital, however, reneged on its end of the bargain, rejecting our client’s letter of resignation in exchange for severance pay.

The animal hospital also ignored federal law by not providing our client with notice of his right to elect COBRA continuation health coverage, a violation that could carry civil penalties of up to $100

Free Consultation with a Contract Lawyer

When you need legal help with a contract, call Ascent Law for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States
Telephone: (801) 676-5506