Because writings are permanent, the product of thoughtful thinking is available and are available for verification and analysis, the law has always preferred written agreements to variable briefs that may constitute oral communications. The logic of this conclusion is unwavering, but it does not prevent people from leaving important chords every day to the mood of memory. If in doubt, write an agreement or contract so that they can be more easily respected in court. If you have any questions or concerns about an oral or oral contract, please contact us at Layman-Nichols, P.C. If you don`t have a full contract, signed, but you have to take legal action, don`t worry. There are many ways to recover from an accused, even if you don`t have a fully executed written contract. The courts can enforce oral agreements. The courts may require payment if a service or property has been provided, the recipient knows that he or she has received the goods or services, and it is unfair to allow the recipient to retain the goods or services at no additional cost. Finally, the courts may find that there was a contract if there was no signature and if there was evidence of the contract being accepted by the performance of the contract. Virginia`s fraud law is simply a provision to identify certain cases where a written contract is required. In other words, the Virginia legislature decided that an oral agreement was not enforceable in some cases. Virginia is not unique in this regard. The purpose of the Fraud Act is « …

to prevent the establishment of so-called agreements and then to support them by perjury. Reynolds v. Dixon, 187 Va. 101, 46 S.E.2d 6 (1948). Oral contracts are not binding when they fall under any of the circumstances listed in Virginia`s fraud statute (the agreements listed in the status of fraud must be written and signed to be legally binding). Some exceptions to an otherwise valid oral agreement are: the Fraud Act stipulates that certain agreements must be concluded in writing; Otherwise, they are not enforceable. Some examples are, among other things, an example, but are not limited to the purchase of real estate; A real estate lease if it lasts more than one year any agreement that cannot be reached within one year; any agreement promising to answer for debt, default or damage to another; any agreement reached after a review of the marriage.