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difference between will and shall in a contract

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"difference between will and shall" in a contract
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Steve replied 6 years ago.

will and shall are basically the same thing and mandatory.

"should" is optional.



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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
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Expert:  Steve replied 6 years ago.

what else were you looking for?




Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Why would a contract use the word "shall" rather than "will". Is there a specific legal meaning in the context of the contract.

My contract uses the term "will enable the seller"

What if it used "shall" instead? Is "will" more of a contractual obligation?
Expert:  Steve replied 6 years ago.

will and shall mean the same thing. they mean it is mandatory. the use of the which word depends on who wrote the contract.

it wouldn't matter which word was used, the meaning is the same. required/mandatory.

the only difference that confuses some people is the work "should", which indicates a recommendation, but not a requirement.