Best endeavors (best efforts) are the obligation to use all efforts necessary to fulfill requirements of the contract. The phrase can be found in many contracts that define the quality of work that should be done. Best endeavors are more strict than reasonable endeavors.
The party of the contract should take every reasonable effort to achieve the desired objective. In case of reasonable endeavors it takes usually on single course of action, when in best endeavors - all of them. It is very important to describe obligations in the contract precisely. Not precise description often ends in court.
The next level of quality are all reasonable endeavors, which require not only taking all the actions, but also taking them multiple times if it is reasonable.
- Sylvester, C. G. (2000). Economic Loss: Commercial Contract Law Lives. Wm. Mitchell L. Rev., 27, 417.
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