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Are e-mails legally binding?

1 Answers. Asked on Aug 24th, 2016 on Contracts - California
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I work with a person in the entertainment industry. His job is very physical and recently was asked to show training tips in his field to another entertainer for a 2-page-spread in a popular magazine. The magazine contacted me and him through a website we run and offered to give the site and him promotion in exchange for his help. This would mean being credited in the magazine, the on-line article, and the magazines social media accounts. All this was said in various e-mails. Towards their deadline, they e-mailed and reconfirmed how things would be credited in the magazine and site. A few months later, the article was out and then a week later posted on-line. There was no mention of the promised promotion and they didn't even credit the person I work with. Does the e-mails have any legal weight? We aren't necessarily going to take any legal action, but I have yet to contact them about this and wanted to know what weight an e-mail had.
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Answered on Aug 30th, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Yes, you can definitely use the emails to evidence the agreement that you had with the magazine.

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Most people and business enter into contracts on almost a daily basis. Simply put, a contract is a legally binding agreement between two parties. One party makes an offer to do something in exchange for "consideration," or payment, and the other party accepts that offer. Contacts can be verbal, in writing or even implied. Some contracts--such as signed credit card receipts--are very simple. Others--such as those used to buy or sell real estate--are far more complicated. If you are entering into a complex transaction, it pays to hire a contract law attorney as early as possible in the process. Your lawyer can help negotiate the terms and conditions of the agreement, then draft the contract or review the contract that has been presented to you. Law firms with experience in contract law can also defend you if you or your company has been accused of breaching a contract, or if you need assistance enforcing a existing contract.
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