Whether you are a homeowner or small business owner, having the proper contracts and understanding their terms is important to ensure your interests are fully protected. When you purchase a home, you are required to sign a thick stack of papers and there are laws that require most real estate transactions to be in writing to be enforceable. Homeowner’s Associations have lengthy Declarations and Bylaws that set forth rules and restrictions for everyone in the community. Small business owners may enter into contracts with vendors or landlords and it is not uncommon for leases to now be over 20 pages. Many of these documents are written by lawyers and the specific language of the documents can have very significant consequences for the parties to the contract. As such, having an experienced attorney review and draft legal documents is critically important.