Previously in Why Written is Wiser – Part I… we reminisced about the good ol’ days, when breaching a contract brought about a swift and timely death. These days, death generally follows the heart attack brought on by the presentment of your attorney’s bill. Hardly the stuff legends are made of! Just in case you need further convincing why having a good, solid written contract is so much better than a handshake over an ice-cold lager, here are some more reasons why written is way wiser.
‘Twas not so long ago that a man’s word could be irrefutably trusted, a business transaction was reliably sealed with a solid, spittle-encrusted handshake, and honour was revered. Of course, it’s somehow so much easier to keep to the promises you made over a late-night game of poker when breaking your ale-infused word would result in a duel to the death at dawn or pistols at twenty paces. The law was so much simpler when “you break the contract, I break you” was a perfectly acceptable consequence of repudiation.