Q: Is a gentleman's handshake legal in Iowa? We sold a truck to a friend and have not received ful payment. what can we do?
My husband sold his truck to a person that worked for us and trusted he would pay us back. No paperwork was signed and we haven't received a "payment" in months. He has done a few hundred dollars worth of work for us but now isn't answering phone calls or texts. Do we have an recourse to get payment?
A: Yes, oral agreements are enforceable, but may be harder to prove, easier to contest, and no attorney fees may be recoverable on a lawsuit.
A: An Iowa attorney could advise best, but you posted two weeks ago. In general nationwide, verbal contracts can be enforceable. However, some contracts by their nature must be in writing to satisfy requirements under the statute of frauds (such as contracts for goods over a certain amount, real property transactions, etc.). A local attorney could advise about these. Good luck
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