Does a contract amendment need to be in writing?

In order to be valid and legally enforceable, amendments to existing written contracts should be made in writing and should be signed by all of the parties to the original contract.

While some states accept oral contracts for certain types of agreements, having agreed-upon terms and provisions stated in writing is a good business practice.

Even if oral amendments to the contract are allowed by the terms of the original contract, it will be difficult to enforce later if one party does not uphold its end of the agreement.

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