5 reasons you need a written agreement in Oklahoma

It is probably a mantra of most attorneys: get it in writing. However, it turns out there are some stellar reasons to "get your agreement" in writing at the start of the relationship:

It is probably a mantra of most attorneys: get it in writing.  

However, it turns out there are some stellar reasons to “get your agreement” in writing at the start of the relationship:

1.  All parties to the agreement know what the terms are.

2.  The process of reducing the agreement to writing spurs conversation about the terms and usually helps clarify what the parties are agreeing on and issues that might exist.

3.  It is much easier to enforce something that is written down.  Enormous legal obstacles exist when trying to enforce an oral agreement.

4.  People who were not part of making the agreement can know what the agreement is.  This tremendously improves efficiency.

5.  The written agreement provides a pathway to resolving disputes, without having to go to court.

Posted by Shawn Roberts

On this blog, I write about and try to answer practical Oklahoma legal questions. My focus and most experience is in estate planning and business issues including Oklahoma non-compete law. I make a living as an attorney in the law firm I founded, Cazes Roberts, PLLC in Oklahoma City. I live in Edmond with wife Amy and my two children, Sam (17) and David (9). We live precisely in the path of where the "wind comes sweeping down the plains."

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