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Verbal Agreements-Are they legal

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What is the legal interpretation of verbal agreements. We had a verbal agreement that was supposedly backed up by a written contract signed by our client that the location our work site would be in NJ. The contract is something we never get to see and four of us were verbally told by the partner of our project that it would be in the location in the contract with no chance of being moved. All we had was a verbal agreement from him. The work location is now being moved and our prior positions have been filled. We will lose our jobs if we can not find anything within our company after leaving a secure position under the impression that was given to us by the partner. Is a verbal agreement legally binding? Can we take legal action if we lose our jobs based on this verbal agreement?



Oral agreements are generally binding. There are some exceptions that do not apply to your situation, as you describe it. So your oral agreement is probably binding, and if you can prove it, you could sue for damages if you lose your jobs based on the contract. However, proving it another thing. It would be your word against his, and if you are the one bringing it to court, you have the burden of proof. That means that if the judge or jury thinks the weight of evidence is equal, you would lose.

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