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How do I get out of this contract?

So you signed a contract that you expected would further your career as an entertainer. But now, you realize the deal is not what you expected, or you are unsatisfied with the results. Whatever the reason, you want out. At the same time, you don’t want to risk getting sued for breach of contract, or develop a reputation in the industry for being untrustworthy.

The good news is, you may have other options besides being stuck in a contract and going into breach. Here are some possibilities, as provided by the Houston Chronicle:

  • Invoke the termination clause. Many times, parties negotiate a termination clause that gives one or both parties the right to cancel the contract under certain conditions. Check your contract to see if this applies to your deal.
  • Catch the other party in a breach. If the other party has not lived up to its obligations in some way, you may have legal grounds to end the contract.
  • Inability to perform. “Impossibility of performance” is one grounds for cancelling a contract. The reasons must be beyond your control, and are generally fairly drastic, such as death or natural disaster.
  • Negotiation. If all else fails, it may be possible to go to the other party and say, “Let’s figure out a way out of this contract.” If regular negotiation does not work, alternative dispute resolution may help work out a settlement.

Examining and interpreting an entertainment contract and negotiating a termination is generally the work of an attorney experienced in the field, who can help you get the results you want.

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