If I signed a contract last month but haven’t started work nor do I have a copy of the contract., is it possible for me to get out of it?

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If I signed a contract last month but haven’t started work nor do I have a copy of the contract., is it possible for me to get out of it?

Asked on December 7, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Once a contract is signed, it is binding. You would only be able to "get out" of the contract if--

1) The contract itself contains a term or clause allowing termination of the contract under certain circumstances--and those circumstances have occured;

2)  The other party to the contract has breached, or violated, it in some material, or critical, way; or

3) The other party committed fraud--that is, they misrepresented, or lied, to you about material facts in order to get you to sign.

Other than as the above, except in very usual cases (e.g. there's been a change in the law, making the contract illegal), you would most likely be bound once you have signed.


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