What is the name of your state? I live in CA.
I DO NOT understand your previous response. Your response was NOT an answer -- it was a question. The answer to your question is YES.
I DO NOT have an IDEAL contract. That is, a piece of paper signed by both parties and notorized, wherein a penalty is defined for late performance including legal fees. If I did, I'd have no reason to ask my question.
Since you failed to provide an answer, I hereby restate my question using other words.
Q: Is my written receipt (with the contractors signature and req'd date of completion) a legal contract. Yes or No?
If the answer to the above question is NO, is the above at least partial proof of our VERBAL CONTRACT?