Letters of Intent vary in length and amount of detail; however, the goal is to provide enough detail so the major concerns are defined but not so much detail that the document borders on a purchase sale agreement. The following information is found in a well_structured LOI: A. Date of the LOI. B. Names and Titles_This area should include the complete names of the buying, selling and brokerage companies and the individual signatories for each of these companies along with their corporate titles... President, Secretary, Partner, Managing Member... etc. C. Contact information for each of the companies and their representatives.
Another contract law attorney, Ivan Hoffman of California, makes essentially the same point: "Parties to a transaction sometimes intentionally create a letter of intent as an expression of what they intend to agree upon should certain circumstances arise... [whatever happens], the document will not be binding and thus not enforceable until those circumstances arise. Thus, the letter of intent is essentially a legally worthless document. It is not clear to me the reason any party would ever bother to create such a document and yet I have seen it used on many occasions. If parties to a transaction intend to bind each other, then they should create a binding contract, not a letter of intent. If the parties to a transaction do not intend to bind each other, then why bother creating a document that is not binding?