When to Use Written Rather than Verbal Contracts

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Are you on the verge of closing a deal? 

Is your contract written or oral? 

An oral contract - sometimes called a verbal contract - is one that isn’t in writing. It’s a handshake deal. Many business contracts are verbal. 

The State of Michigan has a law, called the statute of frauds, that requires certain contracts to be in writing and signed by the party against whom enforcement is sought.  Typically, this would include the following types of contracts:

Sale of Real estate;

Sales of goods for more than $1,000;

Suretyship and guaranties;

Contracts that can’t be performed in one year or less;

Prenuptial agreements.

If any of these contracts have been made verbally instead of on paper, the contract may be void under the statute of frauds. Protect yourself by using written contracts when applicable. If your debtor can’t pay and the contract is determined to be void under the statute of frauds, you could be out of luck!

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