Uncover the Truth to Impossible Contracts

Uncover the Truth to Impossible Contracts

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Uncover the Truth to Impossible Contracts

An impossible contract is a contract which has terms which would be, for whatever reason, impossible to actually fulfill. An impossible contract would therefore be considered not legally binding and would likely be rendered null and void under contract law.

An impossible contract might include a clause in which one of the terms involved flying a plane into outer space, as an exaggerated example. More often than not, however, an impossible contract will be deemed impossible and will then be rendered no longer legally binding after the fact, when the status of factors external to the contract has changed such that the contract is now impossible. 

For example, if someone agrees to perform a service such as building a product out of a specific and limited supply of wood, but then that supply of wood is destroyed in some fashion, then the contract for the production of something using that wood would be deemed impossible.

Most often, the declaration that a contract is impossible will be performed by one of the parties in order to end the contract, and therefore, exempt itself from the terms of that contract. It is possible, however, that a contract which might otherwise be deemed impossible would still be upheld by the parties to that contract if they all agree to continue to hold to the contract. Similarly, it is possible to design a contract which has a clause in it specifically made to prevent the disqualification of the contract on the grounds that it is impossible.  


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