How Legal Is A Verbal Agreement?

  1. PhoenixV profile image63
    PhoenixVposted 6 years ago

    How Legal Is A Verbal Agreement?

    Are verbal agreements ever legal? Do verbal agreements ever stand up in court? Are there different types of verbal agreements?

  2. Earth Angel profile image71
    Earth Angelposted 6 years ago

    A verbal agreement IS legal. Except when it comes to real estate transactions in which case all agreements must be in writing. Yes, legal agreements stand up in court. The problem is that usually neither party agrees to what was accurately said/promised ~ and a verbal agreement does not always include ALL the elements of a valid agreement/contract ~ Consideration, time, etc. in the specifics. "I will give this to you when I die" is not a legal verbal agreement because it lacks the specifics.

  3. Alternative Prime profile image68
    Alternative Primeposted 6 years ago

    As a standard rule, a verbal contract is legally binding if all essentials are met within the overall structure and context and you can prove the agreement was actually consummated and therefore exists.

    The optimum way to ensure your rights are protected, what was bargained for is performed to completion, and the mitigation of "Gray Areas of Contention" subsequent to agreement inception, is to sign an explicit, WRITTEN, expressed contract with any and all conditions contained therein, including consideration ( What was bargained for etc), and all other applicable terms.

    Even written contracts can be challenged, however, precise verbiage contained therein can clarify questionable aspects whereas verbal agreements can be deemed ambiguous or convoluted at best, especially by third party interpretation such as a judge or jury.

    As previously mentioned, another potential circumstance which may render the verbal agreement invalid, voidable, non-binding etc, is non-compliance with the "Statue of Frauds" which dictates certain contracts that are required to be reduced to writing before deemed legally binding by a court of law - As the previous example states - The purchase of Real Property - The sale and process of ownership transfer must be performed via precisely crafted and drafted documents containing appropriate signatures, dates, etc. Or, a contract containing terms which must be performed over an extended period of time may also require a written instrument to be considered binding -


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