No man is an island, we all need one another to live together and actualize our dreams. At one point or another one has to agree with others to achieve his goals. This brings to mind the need for an agreement. An agreement is an understanding between persons to do or not to do certain things in a given way, time, place or manner. In an agreement there must be a desired result, certain terms and conditions to guide parties to an agreement towards achieving their goals. The human mind is forgetful, deceitful and dynamic; hence the need for agreements cannot be over-emphasised.

A CONTRACT is an AGREEMENT. A contract can be made orally or in writing.   A contract is “legal” when it contains the essentials of a contract which makes it enforceable in court and accords it a legal beam. For example, an agreement made by two adults for the supply of cannabis (Indian hemp), human parts and stolen cars cannot be said to be a Legal Contract. It is surely, not a legal contract because the subject-matters (Indian hemp, human parts and stolen cars) are illegal; hence such a contract can never be enforceable (recognisable) in law.


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+2 # Mr Princewill 2016-08-04 15:11
Greetings Sir,
Am UCHEGBU IFECHUKWU PRINCEWILL. I read through most of your write ups on this site and those are very educative. Thank for the
enlightenment mostly on this "HOW TO WRITE AGREEMENTS (CONTRACTS) "
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+1 # Onyekachi Umah 2016-08-09 12:31
:-) Thanks for reading. I am glad.
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+1 # Mr Princewill 2016-08-12 05:44
Greetings Sir,

I have a question in regard to contract but I will like to mail the question to you because it require a hard copy of the agreement.......... for more understanding.
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+1 # Onyekachi Umah 2016-08-12 11:49
Good morning, Dear Princewill
Please feel free to send me a mail.
Thank you.
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