Legal Question in Real Estate Law in California

Breach of verbal contract

Hi there,

How easy is it to sue for a verbal breach of contract? My friend has ample evidence that she changed her life due to a verbal contract. This had to do with an exchange - housing for assistive care (driving, gardening, etc).

They had no good reason to get out of the contract, and she did nothing ''to deserve it''.

Thanks,

D

Asked on 10/19/02, 2:27 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Re: Breach of verbal contract

The law is the same for verbal and written contracts, except that the deadline (statute of limitations) is two years from breach for verbal contracts and four years for written ones.

In any contract suit, the plaintiff must prove there was a contract, what the defendant's duties were, that the defendant breached the contract by not performing as the contract required and the amount of damages this caused. The first two elements of proof are harder with a verbal contract.

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Answered on 10/19/02, 4:33 pm


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