The duration of the contract usually begins on its expiry date. Caution should be exercised if you decide that the validity period begins on a different date. If you decide that the term expires on a single condition, make sure that you clearly define the condition, either in that clause or in a separate schedule of the agreement. If the agreement contains the right to renew, make sure that the conditions for renewal are clearly defined. Extension to new conditions. If [PART B] opts for an extension in accordance with paragraph [RENEWAL OPTIONS], the parties shall enter into a new franchise agreement under [PARTY A`s] franchise agreement in force for that purpose. Duration and termination of the contract 13.1 Duration of the contract The contract, together with subsequent amendments and additions, enters into force upon its signature by both parties and replaces all previous contracts and agreements of a similar nature. is not contrary to this or any other agreement with [PARTY A] or is in default, and the agreement begins on [date | Date of agreement] and runs for a period of  years and thereafter. A contract duration clause, also known as a maturity clause, is a provision describing the period of validity of the contract. The clauses are usually found in employment contracts. The expiry clause defines the period during which the contract is effective, subject to prior termination, in accordance with its conditions. Not all agreements have a defined duration (e.g.B. purchase and sale contracts).
But many of those who do also give one or two parties the right to extend the agreement with one or more additional terms. Some service agreements include agreements (e.g. .B. non-competition and non-publication of confidential information) that must go beyond the duration of the contract. Ensure that the actual duration of these covenants is clearly defined (for example.B. in a defined term, "limited period") and that these covenants are explicitly stated in the "survival" clause. Other confidential information. In combination with any other confidential information, the commitments of this Agreement shall commence on the date of entry into force and shall continue for a period of [commitment period]. Similarly, certain obligations should be maintained even after the termination of the agreement, including depending on the main objective of the agreement.
This is addressed in the survival clause, which explains which obligations "survive" at the end of the agreement and how long. For example, it is customary that confidentiality obligations will survive the end of an agreement. Not all contracts have a fixed term. However, where a contract contains a sunset clause, it is customary for both parties to have the right to extend the effective term if they so wish. If you want to use a condition to end the effective term, you should clearly describe that condition in the sunset clause. You can also set this condition in a separate appendix. There are several clauses that a contract may contain regarding the expiry clause: for example, some contracts, such as shareholder agreements, end when a shareholder ceases to hold shares in a company. .