When making a deal, is a handshake enough?
There are some types of contracts that have to be in writing. If you think you can do a verbal contract, and you want to do that for ease of reference or quickness, some contracts by definition some contracts by definition are not enforceable unless they are in writing. This is what, in the law, is known as the statute of fraud and it’s been the law since it was adopted in England in the 16th century. The most common contracts are those that have to do with real estate.
Sean R. Smith
Continuum Legal Group LLP
- Attorney with Taylor English Duma LLP in Atlanta
- Represents companies and individuals in a multitude of different areas of litigation and alternative dispute resolution
- Tried multiple actions in state and federal courts in Georgia and surrounding states, including a representation of Time Inc., which was noted as one of the 15 significant defense verdicts in the country in 1996
- Represented numerous clients in appeals in both state and federal court
- Advises clients on an ongoing basis regarding various methods of avoiding litigation and making litigation more effective and efficient when it is necessary
- Briefed and argued appeals in numerous appellate courts, including the 11th Circuit, 6th Circuit, the Supreme Courts of Georgia and Montana, and the Court of Appeals of Georgia
- J.D. degree, University of Chicago; A.B. degree, on the law review and was a Hinton Moot Court Finalist, Harvard College
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