What is a Binding Contract? An agreement between two or more persons or businesses can be made legally binding with the aid of a binding contract. A binding contract is usually made for reasons such as one person or party agreeing to give another party something, or for delivering an item, or to refrain from doing something, in return for a price. If an agreement is reached by two parties, then the contract, in theory, is valid. A contract provides the means for an amiable trading of items and services.

In Canada, contracts of sale, lease and hire of services are the most common binding contracts that are made. A contract of sale entitles a person to gain ownership of items or property in exchange for a price. Services such as house keeping or gardening can also be acquired for a price by signing a contract. Being granted the temporary ownership of an apartment by paying rent is also achieved by agreeing to the conditions stated in a contract made for that purpose.

A contract is a legally binding agreement; this means that if one of the parties fails to uphold one or more of the terms specified in a binding contract, without a valid reason, the party who has to endure the effects of the breach of contract are entitled to take the matter to court, where the opposing party may be forced to either fulfill their obligations or be demanded to compensate for the damages suffered.

When two parties willingly and legally enter a binding contract, it symbolizes a legal bond between the two. Both Quebec Civil law and Canadian common law follow certain rules for making a contract. Parties can have the freedom to create a contract at any time, and for any reason, except for certain limitations enforced by legislation and by moral values.

Contracts that contest state laws are considered null and void, for example, work contracts for an assassin or a prostitute. The same rule applies for contracts that go against accepted ethics and, as referred to in civil law, "public order".

There are conditions that should be met for a contract to be valid, and thus legally binding. The first condition is that both parties must give their consent willingly, for all of the conditions stated within the contract. Consent given under compulsion, by error, or as a result of deceptive means will make the contract invalid.

Another condition relates to the mental condition of a party involved: a small child or persons with mental disabilities cannot be expected to hold to their promises and thus cannot be made to enter a contract. The contract must also have a specific purpose which is agreed upon by both parties. Another condition is referred to as "lawful cause" in civil law, and as "valuable consideration" in common law. Under this condition, the agreement should be serious and each condition made by one party should have a corresponding, equally important condition made by the other party. What is a binding Contract?

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