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In business what is a signed offer to purchase and after signing can you back out? If not what happens if you do? This is Massachusetts and on a business
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In MA a signed offer to purchase is any written document that specifies the object of the sale, the price of the sale and agreement to purchase at that price. The reason written documents are used is to bind people to the agreements they make and if you can just back out of them then these written agreements would be meaningless.

So, unless the contract states in it that there is a cancellation provision, you are bound to the contract from the time you sign the contract and if you do not honor the contract you could be sued for breach of contract and for damages, including possibly specific performance (a court order that you complete the transaction as agreed).

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If they add stuff after it’s signed does that void it? Or could the just go back to the original agreement and it’s binding again?

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In order to change the contract, they have to have agreement of all of the parties. They cannot make changes to a contract without agreement of all parties. Any changes to the contract are not enforceable unless agreed upon by both parties and if they insist on doing so then that is grounds for you to void the contract.

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