I posted another question recently relating to the same person but I didn't want to include two questions in the same post.

My father is an extremely abusive person and has been physically, mentally, and emotionally abusive throughout my life. When I was in college, he came to my apartment and forced me to sign a "contract" in which I would be forced to pay him $30000. This contract was essentially me writing out "I promise to pay $30000" with my signature at the bottom. I told him numerous times I did not want to sign anything without a lawyer present, and he threatened to hit me if I did not sign it. I even tried telling him I would sign it if it included that he never contact me after college, but he cornered me and raised his fist up in an attempt to punch me.

That was 2 years ago, and he still has the contract and threatens to use it if I don't listen to him. Is there any way I can prove to someone that I was essentially forced to sign this contract, assuming he did try to use it?

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If you do not get anything from this "contract", and all it says is that you will pay someone a sum of money "on demand", it does not meet the basic requirements to form a contract, and in particular, there is no consideration being received by you. It would therefore not be a contract and would have zero legal force.

If you do receive consideration, demonstrating that you signed the contract under duress will require specific legal advice, and you need a practicing lawyer in your jurisdiction.

  • Would a contract lawyer suffice, Jan 12, 2018 at 6:04
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    A lawyer specialising in contract will help with any contract-related issues.
    – user4657
    Jan 12, 2018 at 6:06

You can give sworn evidence about the event you described. Depending on the circumstances, you might do that orally in a court room, or in writing in a statement or affidavit. Whether your claim is 'proved' will depend on whether the facts are disputed, the standard of proof, your credibility (potentially including how you respond to cross-examination), and the existence and credibility of any inconsistent evidence.

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