Q: What exactly makes a contract binding, and what legality surrounds verbal agreements?
My sister and her partner entered a contract written up by their friend, the friend, upon receiving the full amount of money will sign over everything in a building to them. However, I believe a verbal agreement was made that a full set of items would be included, yet the items were not in the building and apparently are at the friend's home, and they have not seen the items at all. Are the items legally owed to them by the contract, especially upon receiving the full amount?
A: Verbal contracts are enforceable. However, they are harder to enforce. You would have to file a lawsuit against the party that didn't perform under the terms of the verbal contract. You would need witnesses to testify in court of the verbal contract and the terms. The judge would determine if there was a verbal contract and the terms thereof.
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