FAQ: There’s nothing in writing. Do I have an enforceable contract?

It depends. Certain types of contracts can only be enforced if they are in writing and contain specific terms.

  • real estate sales;
  • agreements to pay someone else’s debts;
  • contracts that take longer than one year to complete;
  • real estate leases for longer than one year;
  • contracts for over a certain amount of money (depending on the state);
  • contracts that will last longer than the life of the party performing the contract; and
  • a transfer of property at the death of the party performing the

DISCLAIMER: This post is intended only as general information. It is not legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. If you need specific legal advice, please contact an attorney to discuss your circumstances.

Nance L. Schick, Esq. is a mediator, and conflict resolution coach based in New York City, where she works with creative professionals, entrepreneurs, human resources professionals, labor managers, risk managers, and executives to generate results beyond the boundaries of their imaginations. She is committed to creating a unified human race by empowering people to have lives they forgot were possible.