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Why is it often said in contracts that they renew automatically every year, instead of just saying that the contract is for an unlimited time duration?

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    Are you able to clarify what type of contract you're talking about? – Pat W. Nov 26 '15 at 13:25
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    If you are from the UK there is a law which says that a contract must be reasonable, and one that lasts forever would be harder to persuade someone that it is reasonable. What is your jurisdiction? – Terry Nov 26 '15 at 14:55
  • My jurisdiction is Israel, but that does not matter. I ask about a few contracts which I found in Internet (and don't remember their jurisdiction). They are probably termed "Terms of Service" – porton Nov 26 '15 at 16:17
  • @Terry why is it more reasonable under this law that a contract automatically renews rather than continues? – Calchas Nov 28 '15 at 6:37
  • Dependant on what the contract covers it can be cancelled within a grace period, so it gives time to sort it out. – Terry Nov 28 '15 at 13:34
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The only year-based constraint that comes to mind for US contracts, is that any contract that will last longer than the span of a year has to be a written contract (cannot be oral). Contracts can and do certainly last longer than a year. In many contractual circumstances, it's appropriate to have a periodic assessment or "escape hatch" that either party can use to politely and reasonably unwind their position...and a calendar year is a convenient signpost.

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