How do written and oral contracts differ?

by Timothy P. Heather, Lawyer Referral Service Panelist

Ohio law recognizes oral contracts, although it provides a shorter statute of limitations date for enforcing oral contracts.  The statute of limitations for oral contracts in Ohio is six years, while for written contracts it is 15 years.

Although there are some important exceptions, if the basic elements are present, an oral contract is every bit as valid as a written contract and enforceable in the same way.  However, it may be more difficult to prove the terms of an oral contract than a written contract.

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