My 15-Year Old Daughter Just Signed A Contract For Cell Phone Service. Is This Contract Valid?

No, the contract is not valid. In Washington, a person must be 18 years of age to enter into a contract. With some exceptions, a contract made by a minor is voidable. The minor, in other words, may avoid the legal liability under a contract. Upon reaching the age of 18, an individual may affirm or ratify the contract and therefore make it contractually binding.

One exception to the general rule is that a minor will be liable for the reasonable value of necessaries. Necessaries would include food, clothing, and shelter. Courts have also included within the definition of necessaries medical care and a minor’s necessary legal services.

Attorney at Law
Blado Kiger Bolan, Tacoma, Wash.

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