If I just completed a contract for some freelance work online and we both typed our names and businesses on the dotted line, is that sufficient enough or do we need to actually sign it with a pen to be legally binding?

Asked on September 10, 2015 under Business Law, New Jersey


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

 All that's necessary for a contract is that there is evidence that two or more parties agree to the terms of the contract often called that there is a "meeting of the minds" and that there is an exchange of "consideration," or things or promises of value like a promise to pay you for work you do. Signing with a pen is traditional, but not required based on what you write, there appears to have been an enforceable contract formed.

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