How does one adhere to the agreements in a contract in writing?

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How does one adhere to the agreements in a contract in writing?

I’m a 1099 worker, and the contract I agreed to and signed with an organization

includes a clause that said they could withhold my final paycheck until

Asked on September 20, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The line you quote is essentially meaningless and redundent, *unless* they mean by it that your paycheck is withheld until all your obligations are fully performed, which, based on what you write, will take a year. Otherwise, if that language is not saying that you must have in fact complied with everything (which can only be known after the fact, after the one-year time period you describe is up), then all it's doing is, as you correctly note, asking you to agree in writing to do what you have already agreed to in writing, by signing the contract. So either it's making you wait a year until everything is done, or it simply duplicates what you have already done. (And in either event, it is badly and confusingly written.)
Since you have already agreed to the terms of the contract by signing it, then assuming you are not intending to violate its terms, send them the notarized letter they request--it will not add to or change your obligations. 
By the way, notarization does NOT make any thing more official or binding: all a notary does is confirm that he/she checked your ID and that you (the person signing) are who you say you are. If they think that notarizing the statement somehow makes it more binding, they don't really understand contracts, which could explain why the term you quote is so badly written.
 


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