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A deal's a deal, even when it rests on a handshake

There's an old adage that "an oral contract is worth the paper it's written on," but that isn't always true -- and people who underestimate the legalities of a handshake bargain sometimes find out, to their dismay, that they're going to be held to their word.

How a simple agreement becomes a contract

There's a big difference between a simple agreement and a legal contract. For one thing, breaking an agreement might not make you any friends, but it probably won't land you in court. Break a contract, however, and you can just about count seeing the inside of a courtroom in the future.

Breach of Contract

The contractor: A blanket term used for individuals who provide services for business and individuals often outside the scope of their own services or abilities. if you?re a homeowner, you may have contractors coming over to work on repairs or installations. If you?re a business owner, you may have contractors making deliveries to or from you, or assisting with changes to storefronts and buildings. The one common element between contractors is the contract; a legally enforceable agreement between parties. In the case of home repairs, perhaps a clause in the contract includes additional property damages, or something time sensitive like a water heater repair before winter.

What constitutes a signature?

For centuries, people have been using their signatures to signal their consent to some agreement. Sometimes, it was a person's name written in a cursive or stylized manner. Other times, a simple "X" could be used when the signer couldn't write his or her name. Now we've moved past physical signing and into the digital realm which raises a simple yet important question: what is a signature?

Beware customers willing to sell out their goodwill

President-elect Donald Trump has been at the center of a tremendous amount of controversy. For some time, the media on both sides of the aisle have had a field day examining how Trump manages to hire contractors who build beautiful, expensive buildings and then pay said contractors a fraction of the agreed upon cost. While this practice may be unethical, Trump is not doing anything illegal. In fact, he's taking full advantage of existing laws. And by knowing about his tactics, contractors may be able to protect themselves in the future from those who do not wish to pay.