When Does a Contract Become Void?

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When Does a Contract Become Void?

There are certain situations when a contract becomes void. Void means that the contract is no longer valid and can’t be enforced under state or federal laws. A contract can become void if:

These types of issues can make a contract immediately "void on its face". This means that the contract is void as is and can’t be changed or amended. In such cases, the court usually cancels the contract entirely.

What Does "Voidable" Contract Mean?

voidable contract refers to a contract that is valid, but can become void at the election of one of the parties. These are valid contract, and can still be performed, but they can also be voided if the non-breaching party chooses to do so. Voidable contracts include issues like:

Thus, the contract is generally considered "voidable at the election" of one of the parties. In some cases, the court may allow a portion of the contract to be rewritten. This is not always the case, however, and legal remedies (such as damages) will of course vary depending on the situation.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Contract Issues?

Contract laws can be difficult to understand. You may need to hire a lawyer if you need help with creating, drafting, or editing a contract. Your attorney can provide guidance and can help ensure that your contract will not be void or voidable in the long run. In the event of a breach of contract or a violation of contract laws, your lawyer can provide you with legal representation during court meetings.

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Last Modified: 11-01-2013 04:07 PM PDT

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