When is a contract formed and what voids a contract?

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When is a contract formed and what voids a contract?

About 3 months ago, we signed my son up for a travel baseball team for next year. The contract did say when we accepted that even if we changed our mind we would be responsible for all payments, $200 a month, for the next 10 months. However, the contract terms were sent to us by email with the note that,

Asked on November 22, 2016 under Business Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, this is not duress or coercion. People tend to use duress or coercion to mean feeling pressured, but that's not duress or coercion in the law: legally, duress or coercion is the use of illegal, or threats of the use of illegal, actions to compel someone--like threats of violence, vandalism, extortion, etc. Merely feeling pressured is not illegal, and in many contractual situations (e.g. car salesmen), the vendor deliberately tries to create  a sense of urgency or puts foward offers that are only good for a limited time, and that is legal. The law allows hard or sharp bargaining, so long as specifically illegal or criminal means are not used. So based on what you write, you cannot escape the contract on this basis and appear to be obligated to it.


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