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Did Someone Breach your New York Oral Contract? You May Have a Claim

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Parties entering into a New York agreement would be wise to get the contract in writing. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. So, what happens if you had an oral contract with someone and that person failed to uphold his or her end of the bargain? You may still be able to recover for your losses by making a claim for promissory estoppel in New York.

In a recent high-profile breach of contract case, a former friend of pop superstar Britney Spears alleged that the singer breached their oral agreement. He asserted that the oral contract dictated that she would pay the friend 15 percent of her earnings in exchange for his services as her manager. Attorneys for the singer counter that the agreement was never put in writing and was not signed by either party. Key terms of the sample artist-manager agreement that the former friend downloaded from the Internet were left blank.

If this were a New York breach of contract claim, the former friend would have to prove the following during his pursuit to recover damages:

  • That the agreement was not one of the specific types of contracts that must be in writing under New York law
  • That there was a clear and unambiguous promise made by Spears
  • That the former friend reasonably relied on that promise
  • That it was foreseeable to Spears that her former friend would rely upon that promise
  • That the former friend suffered damages as a result of his reliance on the promise

To learn more about oral agreements, view our free guide When You Don’t Have a Written Agreement. Contact an experienced New York breach of contract lawyer for more information about protecting your legal rights following a breach of contract. Call our office today at (888) 497-3410 for a free consultation.

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