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Are Contracts with Minors Enforceable?

A contract with a minor (under 18 years of age) is generally unenforceable unless it is classed as something necessary for his standard of living and it is beneficial to him.

The contract becomes enforceable if the minor ratifies it after becoming 18 and the Courts can order the return of goods acquired before the age majority.

However as a general rule try to avoid selling anything or entering legal contracts with under 18's. If there is a parent or other suitable adult available then sell to them in preference.

Published: 10 Mar 2011


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