Dale & Eke is taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously.  So, for the purpose of maintaining social distancing under CDC guidelines and to promote the health and safety of our clients, visitors and staff and reduce the spread of COVID-19, our physical office will be closed until further notice.

For the time being we are limiting all in-office meetings to those clients and potential clients who are not feeling ill or who have not shown signs of illness.  However, we are recommending that, unless you make other arrangements with your attorney, all client and potential client meetings occur via telephone or video conferencing.  If you have any paperwork for us that you need to drop off, please use the mail slot outside of the front door to our office.

We can still be reached at our office telephone number (317-844-7400). Your call will be answered by our office phone system and you may leave a voicemail in the general mailbox or with a specific attorney. All voicemails left in the general mailbox will be routed to the requested attorney or staff.

You may also email the firm through its website at  www.daleeke.com.

We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and adjust procedures as necessary.  Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our attorneys and staff, is our highest priority.  We thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain and unprecedented times.

A Professional Corporation of Attorneys at Law

Who can terminate contracts for their convenience?

Winning a contract with a government agency in Indianapolis often brings with it a great deal of security. Unlike many private companies, government organization typically have the resource backing needed to ensure that the issue of compensation for your work is something you will not have to worry about. Yet government partners bring their own unique challenges to any contractual situation. Chief among these is the freedom they are given in canceling agreements for their convenience. 

A partner being able to end a business agreement simply because it believes it to be in its best interests to do so may fly in the face of everything that you think you know about contract law. Yet termination for convenience is right at that is automatically afforded to government agencies. The Congressional Research Service lists the following as common reasons why a government partner might choose to invoke this benefit: 

  • It has asked you to renegotiate your contract, yet you are unwilling to do so
  • It has developed the capacity to perform the services you provide in-house
  • It no longer needs the services that you provide
  • Questions have arisen as to your eligibility to propriety of you being awarded the contract
  • You no longer being eligible to provide the services needed
  • A simple breakdown or deterioration of your business relationship

If and when a government contract is ended for your partner’s convenience, you are still entitled to collect for whatever services you have already provided, as well as whatever funds are needed to discontinue your service. Suing for breach of contract might also be a possibility if you are somehow able to prove that your partner never intended to fulfill its agreement with you in the first place.