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A deed or an agreement?

The decision on whether to use a deed or an agreement can make a significant difference to the success of a transaction or project. Both document types are used to prepare contractual arrangements, with each having its own benefits. Understanding the differences and making an informed decision can significantly impact the success of a transaction.

An agreement (or contract) must meet the following pre-conditions to be valid and enforceable:

For a deed to be considered valid and enforceable, it must:

The main difference between an agreement and a deed is that there is no requirement for consideration to make a deed binding. This is because of the idea that a deed is intended, by the executing party, to be a solemn indication to others that they truly mean to do what they are planning to do or are doing. A deed is considered to be binding on a party when they have signed, sealed and delivered the deed to the other parties, even if the other parties have not yet executed the deed document.

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