How to write a contract

How can I write a contract?

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What you need: Computer, word processing software, printer
Time required: Depending on the scope, between 30 minutes and several hours
Since a contract is a legally valid document, certain requirements must be met for the written document. These can vary significantly depending on the type of contract, but they are always based on some essential information.
The contract is ideally drawn up automatically on a computer, which not only benefits readability, but is now also generally assumed.
A key word should be selected as the heading, from which the content of the document can be inferred immediately (examples: "purchase agreement"; "framework agreement"; "rental agreement").
All contracting parties, at least two, must now be listed. These differ in terms of the contractor and contractor, which are also listed in this order.
Then the subject of the contract is described as precisely as possible. For rental apartments, for example, the address, location of the apartment, number of square meters or the number of rooms. In the case of motor vehicles, the chassis number and the accessories as well as the condition must be stated. The more precisely the subject matter of the contract is described, the less room for interpretation there is for later contestations of the contract.
Now the rights and obligations of the contracting parties must be listed. First that of the contractor and then that of the contractor. This includes, for example, the payment modalities, services resulting from the contract and much more. The rights and obligations are very individually tailored to the respective contract and the type of contract, for example as house rules for rented apartments or general terms and conditions when purchasing goods.
Finally, the current date must be entered, then the contract must be printed out in one copy for each contracting party. Each copy must be signed by at least the respective counterparty, ideally by everyone. With the signature, the contract is legally valid.