Many newcomers to the world of international business are given confusing advice on the proper documents to use in their business. The Letter of intent / LOI is a document that many refer to, but actually is poorly understood. Without proper understanding of the document you might find yourself making mistakes in your business that will cause you great embarrassment.
"Letters of Intent, legally, are the worst of all worlds. Writing a letter of intent is not to be taken lightly. In law, you either have a contract or you don't. LOI's are the legal equivalent of "almost pregnant." Letters of Intent emphatically state that. They state that they are not formal agreements, and then often proceed to set forth agreed terms of the proposed transaction. Given this paradox, if the deal goes sour, one party can argue [in court] that those agreed_upon points were, in fact, agreed upon _ or, in fact, a binding contract. And, in some cases, furthermore, that the party relied on the LOI and has monetary damages based on such reliance."