Are emails legally binding?

Asked 10-May-2022
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  • Yes, courts will generally regard emails to be legally binding, and while there may be some exceptions, it is best to presume that a contract will be legally binding to be safe.
  • Contracts have been in some form or another for as long as humans have existed, and email is only one of the newest modes of communication via which a contract can be created. However, because email is so new, some people may not think of it as a way to finalise contracts, which can lead to awkward situations if a contract is established unwittingly.
  • Most people think of contracts as formal agreements put in writing and signed by the parties involved, often with the assistance of lawyers, but the truth is that a contract is simply an agreement between multiple parties concerning the exchange of valuable items, and the physical form of the contract is unimportant.

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