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Lies, Scams, Disagreements, Misunderstandings – The Need for Written Agreements and/or Contracts

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We all prefer trusting and being trustworthy, but sometimes things just don’t work out without a contract of some sort to clarify expectations. Here are some examples of problems that could have been prevented by having more than a handshake.

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These two little stories I believe will illustrate where contracts or written agreements would have
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My name is Don Ashford and my wife is Betty and we live in Ethel, LA. It would be impossible for me to write a bio about myself without including Betty in it. We have been together since high school. I was in the senior class of 1955 and she was in the class of 1957. Do the math. We have raised cattle since 1959 except for a little time that I spent with Uncle Sam. We have grazed stockers, owned several cow- calf herds and custom grazed cattle for other folks. I worked as a pipefitter for more than 25 years. Until we went into the dairy business in 1977 we were as most people down here part-timers or week-end ranchers. Later after we had learned enough about MIG to talk about it so that it would be understood by others we put together a pasture-walk group to introduce it to our friends and neighbors. We belong to more farm groups then we probably should but we get great joy working with other people. What makes us most proud are our son and daughter, our 5 grandkids and our 7 great-grand kids. It has been a hell of a trip so far, but we are not done yet.

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  1. Emily Macdonald says:


    I’m sorry you experienced dishonesty and betrayal by people you trusted. I have experienced the same and it is painful.

    But I had a contract and I learned that a contract can be ignored by a deceitful person and unless you can afford an attorney to enforce the contract, the contract is worthless. The liar will face no penalties. The default will be considered a contract dispute and you won’t get any help from your state’s attorney general, though you should probably file a complaint

    I’m not saying not to use contracts. Just realize contracts are expensive to enforce and worthless if they are not enforced.

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