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You May Be Able to Cancel that Contract – If You’re a Consumer

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One of the great legal myths in some circles is that anyone can cancel any contract within a certain number of days of entering into it. That’s just not true – though you may have cancellation rights under certain circumstances if you are a consumer (rather than a business).

In California, those rights have been summarized by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ “Consumer Transactions with Statutory Contract Cancellation Rights: Legal Guide K-6“.

Some of the more interesting points made in the Guide:

  • There is no cancellation period for automobile sales and leases.
  • There is an indefinite cancellation period for dance studio services and pre-need funeral contracts.
  • There is a 30-day cancellation period for mail or telephone sales orders that have not been filled.

The second portion of the Guide discusses general contract cancellation rights based on circumstances such as fraud, duress, undue influence, or illegality.

Dana H. Shultz, Attorney at Law  +1 510 547-0545  dana [at] danashultz [dot] com
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