Backdating effective date contract
Specific wording should also be included above the signature blocks.
Simple contracts and deeds are often executed in counterparts.
The responses thus far have not answered your direct question: "Now that I have [the contract], do I date it when I started the contract or today's date? Dated: August 30, 2007." The next best alternative (if you insert the "effective date provision" for example) is to put both dates at the "dated" line.
" The _best_ alternative is to make sure that the contract contains a separate provision that clearly sets forth the effective date. That is, on the "dated" line, write "as of 7/1/07, signed 8/30/07".
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Simple contracts have a statutory "limitation period" of six years.
This means that a party to the contract must bring any claim for breach of that contract within 6 years of the breach taking place. Deeds are required by law in certain circumstances.
Typically contracts will be made in writing, on the basis that this provides a written record of the terms of the contract agreed between the parties.
An oral contract can leave substantial room for debate as to its terms.