You've come to an agreement with someone else. It may be about something they've promised to buy from or sell to you, or something one of you has promised to do. Do you need to have a contract in writing, or is a verbal agreement good enough? If you are not sure, then it’s a good idea to consult the statute of frauds, which covers when a contract must be in writing in order to be enforceable by a court. It includes the following six types of contracts, although some states have included more.

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Promises

A contract involving a promise to do something must be in writing:

1. If it's not possible to completely perform the promised action within a year from the date of the contract. "Lifetime" contracts don't count here, because there's no guarantee that the people involved will live more than a year.

2. When marriage is a condition of the contract. This isn't simply promising to marry, it's the situation beloved by romance novelists: "I will (or won't) do this thing, if you marry me."

3. If one person is promising to be responsible for making sure a debt someone else owes is paid.

4. If it's a promise made by the executor or administrator of an estate to personally cover debts the deceased person owed if the estate isn't large enough to cover them.

Sales and Purchases

A contract to buy or sell something must be in writing if:

5. It involves the sale or purchase of an interest in land. This includes the sale of easements and options to purchase interests in lands. However, it does not include leases for a period of time that is less than one year.

6. Goods are being sold for more than $500.00.

There are lots of technicalities that can be used to try to get out of a contract that isn't in writing. This means that the court has a great deal of leeway in deciding whether a contract is covered by the statute of frauds or not.

If you meet one of these criteria or if you would simply prefer to have a contract in place, we have both a Contract for Services and a Contract for Goods which you can easily modify to suit your needs. 

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