Is it illegal to cross something out on a contract and write something elsebut not have the other person sign it?

Asked on August 20, 2011 Oregon


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

"Illegal" is not really the term that is used in a contracts matter.  What it can do is to render the contract void.  The theory behind a contract is that it is a legal document that is negotiated between parties and that the terms that are set to paper ar the final ones decided and agreed upon freely by both.  If you change one of the terms of the contract by yourself - called unilaterally - then it is not the document that it was intended to be.  So then it does not become binding on the other party - they do not have to follow the terms. Speak with the person you have the contract with if there is an issue. Good luck.

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