In some US jurisdictions the contractual concept of "severability" applies to most contracts.  However, the courts in such jurisdictions may not be able to legally delete (sever) certain provisions of a contract because some of those provisions may be just too essential to the contract’s purpose.  In such a case, the courts may have to  invalidate the entire contract. So, it is generally wise to go ahead and include a severability clause in a contract to show the contractual intent of the parties to delete invalid, illegal or unenforceable contract provisions and at the same time save the remainder of the contract. 

Four sample severability clauses:

1: SEVERABILITY.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. Any invalid or unenforceable provision shall be deemed severed from this Agreement to the extent of its invalidity or unenforceability, and this Agreement shall be construed and enforced as if the Agreement did not contain that particular provision to the extent of its invalidity or unenforceability.

2:  SEVERABILITY.  Invalidity or unenforceability of one or more provisions of this Agreement shall not affect any other provision of this Agreement. If possible, any unenforceable provision within this Agreement will be modified to reflect the parties’ original intention.

3: SEVERABILITY.  If any provision, or portion thereof, of this Agreement is, or becomes, invalid under any applicable statute or rule of law, it is to be deemed stricken and the rest of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.

4:  SEVERABILITY.  If any term or provision of this Agreement is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or otherwise unenforceable, the same shall not affect the other terms or provisions hereof or the whole of this Agreement, but such term or provision shall be deemed modified to the extent necessary in the court's opinion to render such term or provision enforceable, and the rights and obligations of the parties shall be construed and enforced accordingly, preserving to the fullest permissible extent the intent and agreements of the parties herein set forth.







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