Contracts can either be in writing or oral (i.e. as a result of a conversation). It is far preferable that contracts be in writing in order that there is no doubt about what was actually agreed. If a contract is oral, it is most important that you make very detailed notes of the time, date, places and actual words that were said so that your lawyer can clearly understand exactly the terms of the agreement. Any evidence recording the terms of an oral contract should also be kept (e.g. emails, letters, notes etc). Any witnesses who heard the conversations occurring between the parties making the agreement should also make a statement at the earliest opportunity. Such statements should be witnesses by a person over the age of 18 years or solicitor. Statutory declarations can also be made.

Justices of the Peace can be found at your local Police Station, Council Chambers or in Yellow Pages. If you have entered into a contract, before you do anything, you should seek legal advice. The effect of a contract can change dramatically depending on how you react to the other party.

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