My employer gave me a contract today to sign, but only one contract.
I was under the impression that two original contracts should be signed by both of us, and each party would retain an original copy in their records. Is it still legally binding if only one contract was signed?
I don't practice in NJ. Under general principles of contract law, no, but a NJ lawyer can confirm.
I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal education only. It is not legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. I strongly encourage you to consult with a local lawyer to get legal advice and help with your specific situation at your earliest convenience. I am licensed to practice law in Arizona.
No two original copies are not necessary. Both parties can sign one original and then a photo copy of that original can be kept by the second person.
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A written contract is evidence of the agreement between 2 people. Some agreements do not need to be reduced to a written contract to be enforceable while certain other agreements must be memorialized in a contract. Even for those agreements which must be in writing to be enforceable there is no requirement to have two originals. In fact most contracts include a provision these days allowing for electronic signatures and facsimile copies to be considered original signatures and original documents. A copy of a contract is sufficient to enforce the terms of your agreement.
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