Generally speaking, once you sign a contract, you have made a formal and legal commitment to the terms and try and within that contract. In other words, you have an obligation to fulfill your end of the agreement, just as the other party has an obligation to you to fulfill the terms that apply to them. 

Still, circumstances in life and business change frequently. You may no longer agree with the terms of the contract. If you hope to get out of a contract you signed, you will typically need a reason to do so. You may even need to go to civil court to challenge the contract. 

Did undue influence or duress play a role in you signing the contract?

If the other party made threats against you or people you love, you may be able to allege that duress influenced your decision to sign. Duress involves someone using fear to manipulate someone else’s decisions. 

It’s also possible for someone to leverage their position in your life, whether they are your employer or a caregiver for someone you love, to coerce you into a signing a contract that has terms that you don’t agree with. That would be an example undue influence, where someone uses their position in your life to manipulate you without threatening you directly. Both of these situations would be adequate cause to challenge a contract.

Have you discovered the contract terms aren’t isn’t legally?

Just because an attorney drafted the document or a notary watch assign it doesn’t mean that it actually complies with Texas state laws. Contracts that have terms or conditions that violate state law may not be valid in the eyes of the court, meaning you won’t have to worry about upholding your end of the agreement.

Did fraud, misinformation or misrepresentation play a role? 

Sometimes, people will manipulate you by lying to you or misleading you about circumstances in order to get you to sign a contract that benefits them. If you can show that the other party intentionally manipulated you or lied to you with the intent to defraud you, you may be able to can test or challenge your contractual obligations.