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.
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Nance L. Schick, Esq. is a New York City attorney and mediator who focuses on keeping people out of court and building their conflict resolution skills, especially in business and employment disputes. Her holistic, integrative approach to conflict resolution draws from her experience as a human resources supervisor and minor league sports agent. She is a 2001 graduate of the State University of New York Buffalo Law School trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She is also creator of the Third Ear Conflict Resolution process.