Gainesville, GA asked in Business Law and Contracts for Georgia

Q: Is a contract voided if it were to be signed by Parent or Guardian, however, the contract was signed by a 17 y/o.

I took pictures with my local senior photography company because I was not able to attend the school picture day due to work. I digitally signed a contract at the studio when I went in person, however, I don't recall reading the part where it asked specifically for a parent/guardian to sign. I was 17 years old when I signed this contract in August and I didn't read any of the fine print however I don't understand why none of them stopped me because I clearly do not look like a parent, I just wanted to get the pictures done. The company proceeded to send a package to my house that I did not request and charged me $200. They said they will not refund the product even after I returned it due to it being returned after 30 days. Would it be a bad idea to bring this age information into my dispute case? Are they partially at fault for contracting with a minor along with the terms clearly stating a parent must sign?

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A: Can't hurt to send them a letter stating the signatory was under age and the contract is void. They still have a claim under quantam merit (Google it) for services rendered but if you never requested the packet you have a solid defense there as well. Then you can file a complaint with the state consumer protection agency.

I'd push back hard and see what they do.

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw
  • Powder Springs, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: I agree with my colleague. Additionally, it may be in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible who can go over the specifics of your case and provide you a more tailored response.

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