Legal-Ease: Power of promises, legally speaking

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Promises are an area of law that can sometimes be foggy. Contracts are a form of promises, and typically legally binding. However, some promises are made hastily and without any legal oversight, making them less likely to hold up in court. In general, it’s a good idea to get a written note and have a lawyer look it over before considering a contract legal.

The change of the calendar year allowed many of us to make resolutions. Those New Year resolutions are promises to ourselves. However, we also make promises to others. What promises to others can we break? Who has the ability to force us to adhere to our promises?

Any time we agree to verbal or written contracts, we are essentially promising to do whatever the contracts call for us to do. Contractual promises are almost always promises that must be kept. Usually, the people who agree to the contract have the ability to force any other person who agreed to the contract to satisfy the promises made in the contract.

Read Lee’s full article on promises in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Power of promises, legally speaking

Source:, Legal-Ease: Power of promises, legally speaking by Lee R. Schroeder, January 3, 2015

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