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Can you get out of your contract?

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2021 | Business Law

When you enter into a contract with another party, it can bring significant benefits. Yet, if things do not work out as you hoped, you may want to end the relationship. If, however, the other party likes the deal you struck, they may insist you honor the contract.

If you feel stuck in a contract, you may need to go to court to get out of it. You need to turn up with a reason. Saying you are no longer happy or wish you had never signed it would not convince a court to end the arrangement.

Some contracts are unenforceable

If you can find faults with the original agreement, it will be easier to escape it. Here are some of the reasons you could use:

  • You did not sign it of your own free will: Did the other party force you into signing? It does not need to be physical means. It could be something such as telling you that you either sign now or they will call the police and tell them what your little brother got up to last night.
  • You were not competent to sign it: Telling a judge you were a little drunk the night you signed a contract is unlikely to succeed. If, however, someone spiked your drink with drugs to get you to sign, that may. Challenging an agreement that your dad signed because he has Alzheimer’s’ so he did not know what he was doing may also succeed.
  • The other party lied: If you signed based on false information the other party provided, you could claim misrepresentation of the facts.

If you are unhappy with a contract you signed, do not think you can breach it and get away with it. Seeking legal help to understand your options to challenge a contract is always a better option.