I signed, am I legally binded? - page 2

I have signed a contract to an agency actually law firm based in the US. At first they email and text me but after 2 weeks they stopped. I started doubting them because they are not assisting me with... Read More

  1. by   BurstPurse
    Hi there!
    For a contract to be legally valid in the Philippines:
    a) It must be signed by the contracting persons in the presence of a Lawyer or Notarized public.
    b) The contract will be reviewed or explained, any clarification will be made before the notarized public signed the said contract.
    c) After the contract was duly signed, copies will be given to both parties including the notarized public.

    This is the legal way that must be done, however, many companies or agencies in the Phils. allow their client to sign first without the presence of a lawyer. Sometimes, the contract cannot be brought home for further review or from the view of other person.

    If you are going to ask a lawyer whether you are legally bind or not, they would surely said you are not, because you will need their service in proving their claim. Money talks. However, I suggest you ask some free lawyers regarding your case, try Atty. Batas at UNTV.
  2. by   suzanne4
    Without receiving a signed copy of what you signed, then there is no contract. And shame on them if this was a law firm. Guess that they do not know US contract law.

    And if they do not let you out of the contract for not doing what they agreed to do, just submit their name to the US Embassy in Manila and they will take care of them. It is the only way to get rid of agencies that operate this way. And the other thing, did they recruit in the Philippines? Do they have an actual license to do that?
  3. by   StuckInMNL
    Quote from suzanne4
    Without receiving a signed copy of what you signed, then there is no contract. And shame on them if this was a law firm. Guess that they do not know US contract law.

    And if they do not let you out of the contract for not doing what they agreed to do, just submit their name to the US Embassy in Manila and they will take care of them. It is the only way to get rid of agencies that operate this way. And the other thing, did they recruit in the Philippines? Do they have an actual license to do that?
    Actually, I applied through their website but I've seen their ads in the paper a few months back so I guess they have a permit to recruit here. Anyways, I tried calling them and guess what? I got transferred to 3 different people before getting cut off (or they hung up on me??? :stone ) I'll take your advise and formally file a complaint against this agency if they don't cancel my contract. Thanks so much for the advise.
  4. by   suzanne4
    Quote from StuckInMNL
    Actually, I applied through their website but I've seen their ads in the paper a few months back so I guess they have a permit to recruit here. Anyways, I tried calling them and guess what? I got transferred to 3 different people before getting cut off (or they hung up on me??? :stone ) I'll take your advise and formally file a complaint against this agency if they don't cancel my contract. Thanks so much for the advise.
    Just because you saw an ad for them means nothing at all. And that does not require them to have a contract to place an ad.

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