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Rachel Kosmal McCart
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Boarding Contracts: When are they Binding on a Boarder?

Q: I signed a boarding contract provided by the boarding stable, but the boarding stable did not sign my copy. The contract contains some rate increase provisions that I don't like. Can the boarding stable still enforce the contract against me even though they didn't sign it?

A: In a word, yes.?A contract is enforceable against the person who has signed it. Because you have signed the agreement, the boarding stable can enforce it against you.

Note that if the boarding stable needed to produce a signed copy, it would be easy for them to do so. Contracts may be signed in counterparts,?which means that parties do not have to both sign the same piece of paper, just the same contract. In this age of fax and email, it is very common for parties to sign a contract separately and often on different days.

About the Author: Rachel Kosmal McCart, the founder of Equine Legal Solutions, is a lifelong horsewoman and experienced lawyer. Equine Legal Solutions, the Legal Counsel with Horse Sense TM , offers a full range of legal services for the horse community, including dispute resolution, customized contracts and risk management assessment.
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