I am under 18 and i signed a 1 year contract for a gym i use to attend. I have not gone at all the past three months and they are threatening me to pay or they will take legal action. Because I am under 18 can i be legally bound to that contract?
As you were a minor when you entered the contract and a gym membership is not likely a necessity in the eyes of the law, the contract is probably unenforceable.
The MA and Barnstable County bar associations can assist you with referrals, if necessary.
The foregoing is for general information purposes and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
Another point to consider is whether or not you provided your social security number when you signed the contract, and whether they report to credit bureaus. You are very young and don't want a negative impact on your credit report, and it would be very difficult to get it removed, even though its not an enforceable contract...
Though the contract itself may not be legally enforceable, I seem to recall the gym may have a right to pursue you for the value of any services you received under an equitable theory called "quantum meruit" (though in the case of a minor that right may be limited to solely the purchase of necessities such as food, clothing and shelter).
Perhaps an attorney who specializes in the area of debt collection can speak to this particular issue. Nonetheless, as mentioned in one of the earlier responses, there may be practical considerations for you to attempt to negotiate some form of settlement. So your best bet may be to seek a local attorney who can look at the specifics and negotiate on your behalf.
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