Contract addendum vs. amendment: differences and definitions.

A lawyer reviews a proposed contract addendum and contract amendment to a man and a woman.

Learn the basic definitions of these legal-contract terms and discover the differences in how they function within contracts.

Contract addendums and contract amendments sound similar — in some ways, they can deliver similar results. It’s important to recognize, however, that these two contract-law terms are unique and have incredibly different functions.

Ready to learn about contract addendums versus amendments? Keep reading to discover the definition of each term and how they function differently within contracts.

What are contract addendums and contract amendments?

A contract addendum is a post-contract attachment that modifies, alters, or totally changes some of the terms of a previously established contract. Typically, this adds something new to a preexisting document. Once all parties named in a contract agree to an addendum, it becomes a part of the new contract.

A contract amendment, on the other hand, is a document that makes changes to an existing contract designed to correct it, better it, or ensure something in the original document gets clarified. In other words, an amendment alters the original terms and conditions of a contract by replacing a specific portion of that agreement.

Contract addendums vs. amendments: when to use each process.

These two distinct contract processes function as follows:

Can you add an amendment to an addendum?

A contract amendment can be made on a pre-existing contract addendum, although it may be more efficient to amend the scope of the original contract if it is possible and agreeable with all parties involved.

The process of amending a contract addendum can be simple, and mimics the process of submitting an amendment to a regular contract. General recommendations include:

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