I have been working in good faith with someone for over 2 years. Now our timeframe of working is up and he is holding my last payment (for services already provided) until i sign a old contract. Can he do that?
I do want to sign a contract, just need to review it first.
Well, you are not giving us a lot of information. However, you obvioulsy can't be forced to sign a contract that you do not want to enter. If you have fully performed and had some sort of verbally agreement for payment, it sounds like you are entitled to be paid the agreed upon payment. If it is a significant amount of money, you might want to consult with a lawyer to help you out. However, if it is a small amount of money, it might not make sense. Good luck.
You do not have to sign the contract. The money earned is yours and if it is worth it, hire a lawyer. Otherwise go to small claims court and file a complaint.
A contract signed after the work is done is useless, because a contract needs consideration (something you give over) and past consideration is not consideration.
I agree with the analysis of my colleagues on this one, but I would add that sometimes its simpler and cheaper not to fight. The contract may in fact be benign and it's plausible that he may want it just to memorialize the transaction. It may be wiser to have an attorney review this contract so that you can get your last payment without a fight.
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