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Is an agreement reached via text messaging legally binding?

1 Answers. Asked on Jan 08th, 2012 on Breach of Contract - Arizona
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My former boss asked if I would be willing to take on more responsibilities via text messaging on Dec. 7. I agreed, and asked if I could also have a raise. The next day (Dec. 8) he responded by saying yes and that it would be on my next paycheck. Then, without warning, the let me go. When I finally got my last two paychecks, the raise did NOT show on either of them. When I inquired about this, he said he never agreed to a raise. I still have the text messagein which he agreed. My question is does this agreement ccount as a legally binding agreement? NOTE: I am submitting this question via smart phone and the dropdown menu won''t scroll to the correct state. I am in Seattle, WA
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Answered on Jan 13th, 2012 at 11:21 AM

An agreement via text message may or may not be binding under the law.  For example, agreements for transfer of real estate must be in writing, signed by the person selling the real estate.  And there are many other examples of agreements that must be in writing and signed.  However, a text agreement may very well be binding if the law does not specifically require the contactual agreement to be in writing and signed.  An attorney can properly advise you, based on the specific facts of your situation.

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