South Hamilton, MA asked in Contracts for Massachusetts

Q: If you sign a contract, but the other party does not fully disclose the costs agrees upon, is it still valid?

I have signed a contract to go with a group to a foreign country. In the contract specific items, such as 3 daily meals per day. Anything extra was to be paid for by yourself. The agreement was these meals would be paid for and taken care of once I paid the full amount. Now after I signed, they are retracting a statement saying that I must now pay for 3 lunches. They are also saying that I must tip the tour guide, however that was never discussed in the original contract. The full amount paid was to cover all expenses. Is this contract still legal? Are they required to continue to pay for me? Or do I have to pay for myself in these circumstances? Thank you for your time.

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Jonathan R. Roth
Jonathan R. Roth
  • Salem, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: The contract is valid but VOIDABLE for misrepresentation. If the term of the contract says they pay for 3 meals a day, then they have to pay for it. The problem is they have your money and the issue is do you want to go with this company given the issues they have presented. It is customary to tip the tour guide but it is not a contractual obligation. You may not enjoy the trip if the Guide thinks you are going to stiff them.

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