Q: ls a document legally binding if I was in an altered state?
My ex boyfriend took advantage of my mental state during a panic attack and made me sign a handwritten document in order to get my dog. I pay for majority of her care. She is basically a therapy pet.
Maybe. Depends on how altered your state was.
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In most states, the standard for mental capacity is whether the party understood the meaning and effect of the words comprising the contract or transaction. This is called the "cognitive" test. Some states use what's called the "affective" test: a contract can be voided if one party is unable to act in a reasonable manner and the other party has reason to know of the condition. And some states use a third measure, called the "motivational" test. Courts in these states measure capacity by the person's ability to judge whether or not to enter into the agreement.
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