How enforceable are oral agreements in Texas? Just me and other person present when oral contract was made.

I have text messages to validate my claim of monies owed to me. The other person decided that oral agreement was not in his best interests just 1 month before oral agreement would have expired.

Austin, TX -

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Brian W. Erikson

Brian W. Erikson

Contracts / Agreements Lawyer - Dallas, TX
Answered

An oral agreement is as enforceable as a written agreement -- it is just harder to prove. I suggest that you write a letter by certified mail, return receipt requested, to set out the terms of the oral agreement, the facts involved, your compliance with the agreement, and the other person's non-compliance, and to request that the other person honor the agreement. Partial performance of an agreement is typically evidence that the agreement exists (why else would the person undertake the time and expense of performance?), and can make the agreement enforceable.

If need be, you can use your letter as evidence in small claims court to prove up the agreement.

Good luck.

William Fulton Broemer

William Fulton Broemer

Employee Benefits Lawyer - Houston, TX
Answered

Save the text messages. They are also evidence of the terms of the oral agreement. Many people choose to handled smaller disputes in Small Claims Court, but it may be worth your while to hire an attorney to send a demand letter to the other party, to try to collect what they owe you without the need for litigation. Good luck.

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