Kaufman & Forman, P.C.
Call to arrange a consultation
678-957-7769 | 770-390-9200
Contact Us
practice areas

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a verbal contract?

Written contracts have been used in business for thousands of years, so it may come as a surprise to learn that contracts based solely on the spoken word are still sometimes in use. These are known as oral, or verbal, contracts. Can a verbal contract be enforced in Atlanta if there is a contract dispute?

Verbal contracts may hold up in court in some cases, according to the Houston Chronicle. You might first want to consider whether doing business with a verbal contract is a good idea. Many people agree verbally on the terms of a business agreement if it seems awkward or unnecessary to them to get it in writing. For example, you might want a friend or relative to do some contracting work on your home or office. It might seem a little overboard to outline a contract with someone you personally know and trust. This could work out fine if nothing goes wrong. However, if there is a dispute, you may have difficulty defending your side if the disagreement goes to court.

This is why it would more likely be in your best interests to have a written contract, even if the person doing business with you is your friend. A contract does not have to be complicated, but can simply state the nature of the job or sale, as well as the price you negotiated. In some situations, such as with long-term employment or a sizeable sale, only a written contract would be valid anyway.

The bottom line is, you might find there are more advantages to getting your agreement in writing, no matter how casual the situation. Doing so may protect both sides legally in the future. This information, however, should not be substituted for legal advice.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Kaufman & Forman, P.C. Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

get Legal Help Now

Kaufman & Forman, P.C.
8215 Roswell Road
Building 800
Atlanta, GA 30350

Toll Free: 800-461-5864
Phone: 678-957-7769
Fax: 770-395-6720
Atlanta Law Office Map

Review Us

Robert Kaufman has been selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in ‘Commercial Litigation’ as will be published in the May issue of The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine.Alex Kaufman has been selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in ‘Commercial Litigation’ as will be published in the December issue of The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.