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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #203

Lucp92 Wrote:

Hi I'm a little concerned about my contract I just signed and I almost feel like it's not a legit company. But like any contract its hard to get out of but I want to get out of it! What should I do? Please help  

Hi, Lucp92. I'm so sorry that you have to deal with such a situation, yikes! What is it about your contract that makes you feel like they aren't legit? Knowing that info will help me give you more accurate advice about how to handle this. If you want, you can email me more details about your contract at: daniadenise@gmail.com. Since I don't know the specifics, below is a general answer:

Any contract has what is known as an "Exit Clause," which is a specific part of the contract that explains how to terminate it. Go through your contract page by page (hopefully it isn't super long) and look for this clause. If no such clause is there, then look for a phrase/sentence that says something along the lines of, "Either party can choose to terminate this contract/business relationship..." Usually that phrase will contain some info about how to get out of the contract.

The contract you have is going to be the key to figuring out how to terminate it. In most cases (not all), all it should take is writing a letter stating that effective immediately you are terminating your contract with X company. Make sure to put the date that you are writing the letter as the "effective date" so that they know you want out right then and there. It is important to mail the termination letter traditionally and not through email. To make sure it gets there and someone has received it, send the letter "certified," which means that whoever gets the letter will have to sign for it. You'll receive a copy of the signed certification. This is to have solid proof in case they try to lie and say they never got the letter.

I hope that helps and good luck with dealing with that situation. In the worst case scenario, if you are still having trouble, I would recommend seeking legal counsel and having an attorney who is experienced with modeling/entertainment contracts review yours to see what your options are.

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