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Six Requirements of a Legally Binding Contract 1. Offer and Acceptance 1.Offer: intent, communicated, terms 2.Acceptance: Come from the offeree, mirror image rule, Be communicated to the offeror 2. Genuine Assent 1.No deception 3. Legality 1.follow the Law/ cannot be based on any illegal actions 4. Consideration 1.Agreement must involve both sides receiving something of value 5. Capacity 1.Both Parties must be able to perform contract for themselves - Cannot “outsource” duties 6. Writing 1.As a general rule, it is wisest to have the terms written in understandable language 2.Statute of Frauds – lists Contracts that must be in writing to be enforced (By State)
Genuine Assent ► True and complete intent to enter into a contract ► Assent means agreement, approval or permission Without it, contracts are typically voidable
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Voidable – if the injured party desires, they can cancel their obligation and get back what they have already put in
► Rescission – when the injured/forced party cancels their obligation of a contract
Rescission ► In contract law, rescission has been defined as the unmaking of a contract between parties. contract lawcontract law ► Rescission is the unwinding of a transaction. ► This is done to bring the parties, as far as possible, back to the position in which they were before they entered into a contract
Ratification: suggesting you intend to be bound by contract ► Collective bargaining agreements ► Example: The Union authorizes one or more people to negotiate and sign an agreement with management. A collective bargaining agreement can not become legally binding until the union members ratify the agreement. I f they do not approve it, the agreement is of no effect, and negotiations resume.
Unfair persuasion ► refers to a form of undue influence by which a stronger party succeeds over the weaker through seriously impairing weaker party’s free and competent exercise of judgment. ► When compared to duress and misrepresentation, the effects brought by undue persuasion are less serious. ► If a contract is obtained by undue influence, the document is invalid;
Duress ► Occurs when one party uses improper threat or act to obtain a contract ► Creates a VOIDABLE contract
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Types of Duress 1. Threats of illegal conduct 2. Threats to report crimes 3. Threats to sue 4. Economic threats
Undue Influence ► Occurs when one party is in a position of trust and wrongfully dominates and deceives the other party ► VOIDABLE by the victim
Unilateral Mistake ► Occurs when only one party holds an incorrect belief about the facts of a contract
Mutual (bilateral) Mistake ► Both parties have an incorrect belief about an important fact of a contract ► Also known as “Mutual Mistake” ► Contract is VOID
Material Facts are the important facts that influence a persons decision to enter into a contract
Two types of Misrepresentation ► Innocent Misrepresentation (involuntary) ► Fraudulent Misrepresentation (voluntary)
Requirements of Misrepresentation 1. Untrue statement is one of fact or active concealment 2. Statement is material to the transaction 3. Victim reasonably relied on statement
Fraud ► Based on misrepresentation ► Must be proven to show… All elements of misrepresentation Intent Injury
Remedies for Fraud ► Rescission (cancel the contract) ► Damages Recovery from loss ► Punitive Damages Forms of punishment (above and beyond recovery from loss)
5 Types of Contracts in Business ► Many types of contracts are used in business, many of them specific to a particular industry.
Independent Contractor Agreements An independent contractor agreement is an agreement between two independent parties to perform certain services. The independent contractor has much greater freedom and is subject to far less supervision than an employee.
► Unlike an employee, an independent contractor does not work regularly for an employer but works as and when required, during which time he or she may be subject to the Law of Agency. ► An independent contractor is An independent person, business, or corporation that provides goods or services to another entity under terms specified in a contract ► Independent contractors are usually paid on a freelance basis.
Examples of occupations where independent contractor arrangements are typical: ► Accountant Accountant ► Author Author ► DJ ► Engineering Consultant Engineering Consultant Engineering Consultant ► Entertainer Entertainer ► Gardner Gardner ► General contractor General contractor General contractor ► Hair Stylist Hair Stylist Hair Stylist ► Lawn care worker Lawn care worker Lawn care worker ► Lawyer Lawyer ► Massage therapist Massage therapist Massage therapist ► Doctor Doctor ► Nurse Nurse ► Personal trainer Personal trainer ► Pool Maintenance Person Pool Maintenance Person ► Private investigator Private investigator ► Private security Private security ► Professional athlete Professional athlete ► Real estate agent Real estate agent ► Short term university instructor Short term university instructor ► Stock broker Stock broker ► Talent agent Talent agent ► Tattoo artist Tattoo artist ► Taxi Driver or limousine driver Taxi Driverlimousine ► Truck Driver Truck ► Tutor Tutor
Licenses and Permits ► Before you start a business as an independent contractor, you will want to obtain the professional licenses and permits that are required for your profession. ► Each professional organization has licenses and permits that are required, as does each city/state ► This license is sometimes called a business license ► Protects you Personally from being sued, only the Business can be sued!
Employment Agreements ► Employment agreements set out the terms of the relationship between employer and employee. ► It should include provisions that define job duties, work rules, duration of employment and grounds for termination. ► Employed at Will
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Confidentiality Agreements ► important in certain industries, such as the software and finance industry, where employees have access to company trade secrets. ► Confidentiality agreements may be executed between a company and its employee, between a company an an independent contractor and between two companies doing business together.
Non-compete Agreements ► A non-compete agreement prevents an employee or independent contractor from working for the employer's competitor, sometimes for years after the employment or contract relationship has ended. ► State laws provide limits on the duration and geographic scope of non-compete agreements.
Sales Contracts ► Sales contracts are generally executed between two companies when one purchases goods from the other. ► A written agreement is required if the value of the transaction is at least $500. ► In many cases, sales transactions are evidenced only by the exchange of letters, emails and invoices. ► Under the Uniform Commercial Code, a valid contract can be created in this way even if there is no single written agreement.
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Consideration – what a person demands and generally must receive in order to make a contract legally binding
3 Requirements of Consideration 1. Each party must give an act, forbearance, or promise to the other party Forbearance – refraining from doing something you have the right to do
3 Requirements of Consideration 2. Each party must trade what they contribute to the transaction 3. What each party trades must have legal value must have legal value
** Consideration distinguishes a contractual promise from a promise to give a gift **
Gift – transfer of ownership without receiving anything in return generally not legally enforceable Donor – gives Donee – receives After gift exchange occurs, transaction becomes binding
Nominal Consideration – token amount identified in a written contract when parties either cannot or do not wish to state the amount specifically Ex. $1 and other valuable consideration in exchange for a car
I llusory Promises ► A contract clause that allows you to escape legal obligation Ex. I promise to paint your house…if I have time.
Termination Clauses ► Gives power to withdraw from a contract if certain circumstances change, or after the passage of a certain length of time Exceptions must be defined
Output and Requirement Contracts Output Contract – A buyer’s agreement to purchase all of a particular producer’s production Requirements Contract – A seller’s agreement to supply all of the needs of a buyer
Existing Duty A promise to do something that you are already obligated to do by law or prior contract does not serve as consideration This is called… Existing Public/Private Duty
Liquidated Debt Where an agreement is made that a debt and the true amount of that debt exists and must be repaid ► All debt must be recovered
Unliquidated Debts Where an agreement cannot be reached as to the amount of debt owed ► Accord and Satisfaction - a compromise must be - a compromise must be made made
Once an agreement is reached concerning unliquidated debt, this is called a release
Composition of Creditors When a group of creditors cooperatively agree to accept less than what they are entitled to in exchange for the debtor not filing bankruptcy
Past Performance ► An act that has already been performed cannot serve as consideration for an immediate or future contract This is known as past consideration
1. Promises to Charitable Organizations 2. Promises covered by the UCC ► Firm Offers ► Modifications
3. Promises barred from Collection by Statute Statute of Limitations A specific time limit for bringing a lawsuit Debts Discharged in Bankruptcy Some debt lost in bankruptcy can still be reinstated by a promise of the debtor
4. Promissory Estoppel Prevents a promisor from stating in court that they did not receive consideration for their promises
Requirements for P.E. 1.Must forsee reliability on the promise 2.Promisee does act in reliance of the promise
3. Promisee would suffer economic loss 4. Injustice can be avoided only by enforcement of the promise