Will a non-notarized monetary contract between someone in the U.S. and someone in the U.K. be upheld in court?

I have a former business partner I no longer want to deal with. I’m in Miami and he’s in London. We have never met in person, but we were working together on an eCommerce store and communicating online and through apps. There’s a series of contracts digitally made and signed, but all un-notarized. As of the current contract and all the money I’ve paid until now, I owe him around 6k. He emotionally abused me, manipulated me, and threatened me to have me continue

to pay, and I was 18 when it had all started so I didn’t know any better and I was scared what would happen otherwise. I’m now 20 and I don’t want to be dealing with this if I don’t have to.

Asked on March 28, 2019 under Business Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Notarization is irrelevant: contracts do not need to be notarized to be enforced, and notarizing them adds nothing to the contract. If you have a contract with him, he can enforce it against you (e.g. sue you for any money you owe under the terms of the contract). The issues you describe are most likely irrelevant to the enforceabilty of the contract: if a mentally competent person enters into a contract, he or she is held to it.


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