What happens if a minor signs a contract?

They are 16; their parents had no knowledge of it.

Asked on July 27, 2015 under Business Law


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

A minor cannot sign a contract, at least if it is to be legally enforceable; 18 is the age of majority in most states. That means until that time, a person is not considered legally to be an adult. Consequently, the minor would have to have a parent or guardian sign the contract for them in order for it to be valid and binding.

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