Contracts and Warranty Rights

General Legal Information

This section provides guides and publications on the following subjects:

Contracts : Promises that the law will enforce.

Warranties: A type of guarantee businesses make about their products and/or services.

Fraud:   A false representation of fact that is inteded to result in financial gain for the party committing fraud.

  • The Legal Elements of A Contract

    This guide outlines and details some of the basic legal elements of a contract. Read More

    By:
    Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • A Beginners Guide to Contracts

    The United States Library of Congress has put together a great guide to contracts and resources on contracts for a beginner. If you have questions about contracts, this is where to start! Content Detail

    By:
    United States Library of Congress
  • Extended Warranties and Service Contracts

    If you’re buying a car, an electronic device, or a major appliance, you may be offered the chance to buy an “extended warranty” or service contract. Both service contracts and warranties provide repair or maintenance for a specific time. But there's an important difference: a warranty is included in the price of an item; a service contract costs extra. It's an add-on that might not be worth the price. Some service contracts duplicate the warranty coverage that the manufacturer provides; some cover only part of the product; and some make it nearly impossible to get repairs when you need them. Here are a few factors to consider before deciding to buy a service contract. Content Detail

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Warranties

    When you make a major purchase, the manufacturer or seller makes an important promise to stand behind the product. It's called a warranty. Federal law requires that warranties be available for you to read before you buy even when you're shopping by catalog or on the Internet. Coverage varies, so you can compare the extent of warranty coverage just as you compare the style, price, and other characteristics of products. Content Detail

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
  • 10 Ways to Avoid Fraud

    Scam artists in the U.S. and around the world defraud millions of people each year. They use the phone, email, postal mail, and the internet to trick you into sending money or giving out personal information. Here are 10 things you can do — or not — to stop a scam. Read More

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Who's Calling? Recogonize and Report Phone Fraud

    By learning how to recognize and report telephone fraud, you can help stop some scams – and if you put your phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, you can reduce the number of unwanted telemarketing calls you get Read More

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Understanding the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act

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    By:
    Office of the Attorney General of Texas
  • Manufactured Housing - What You Need to Know Before Buying a Manufactured Home

    Click the link above or to the right for information on what you need to know before you buy and/or install a manufactured home. Read More

    By:
    Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
  • Affirmative Defenses Guide: Information and Examples

    Click here for a guide to affirmative defenses in Texas. This guide can better explain the affirmative defenses on the civil answer and information sheet. Read More

    By:
    Texas Legal Services Center; Texas Partnership for Legal Access
  • How to File an Appeal

    This how-to guide explains how to file an appeal to a court's decision and includes sample templates and explanations for the necessary paperwork and court-imposed deadlines. Read More

    By:
    Texas Young Lawyers Association
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