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Simple Guide to Verbal Contracts

Simple Guide to  Verbal Contracts

In the
United States, verbal contracts will usually refer to unwritten or oral
contracts. An unwritten contract will usually mean that the contract or
agreement was made through the use of spoken words as opposed to formally
writing and entering into record the provisions of said contract.

The United
States has laws that will recognize verbal contracts in a court of law and
enforce the agreed upon provisions in the case of a dispute. However, because
verbal contracts are oftentimes unwritten contracts, there will be inherent
problems involved in a legal dispute surrounding verbal contracts.

The most
common issue which arises is that verbal contracts are extremely hard to prove
to have ever actually occurred in the first place. Evidence such as witnesses
and an overall preponderance of evidence will be necessary to prove that a
party violated verbal contracts. Therefore, it can be deemed that unwritten
contracts, as opposed to formally written contracts, are not weighed as heavily
or given the same legal merit in a court of law due to the lack of actual
physical evidence of the contract.