Wauseon, OH asked in Contracts and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Ohio

Q: Contract has a termination policy that has confusing wording

I spoke to an individual who is a pretty highly rated fitness instructor. The contract either $450 per month or pay all up front for $2,700. Anyway, I said on the phone I'd likely do monthly billing. The billing is done through an invoice sent on PayPal thats set on 'AutoPay'. So each month its the same amount. The "program" is set for 6 month duration. Then you can renew again if you'd like for another 6 months. The reason I picked monthly was because he said I may not need the entire 6 months; maybe 2 or 3 at most because I am not really in need of tons of 'help'.

So I was like why pay all 6 months up front if I don't even need it? The contract's termination part has me confused, it says: 'Client shall not be entitled to any refund for any monies spent under this Agreement. If Client wishes to terminate this Agreement prior to its planned expiration, Client will forfeit each of the fees until then paid to the Coach.'

Does this mean I have to pay all 6 months even if I left in 2?

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Arbitration & Mediation Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. At this point, the least expensive option could be to direct your question to the instructor. That could be a safer approach than trying to interpret the language that creates concerns for you. Good luck

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