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    What do you mean I signed another contract? Part One
    Posted: 2010-12-22 09:02:04

    By Laurie Lonsdale

    In this day and age, it’s reasonable to seek an alarm system in order to provide security for your home and family; however, for most people, the extra financial burden must be considered first. That’s why many gravitate to companies offering their equipment for free, with the client responsible only for monthly monitoring fees. The offer is usually for a package deal of a central monitor and a specified number of door and window contacts that work with the alarm. The contracts for these companies and their services are often presented in the same manner as cell phones, where the client is required to sign on with the alarm company for a specified period of time – a year or sometimes longer.

    But what happens when that contract expires and you decide you no longer want or need the alarm system, or perhaps by then you can no longer afford it?

    Many people attempt to cancel their services and are told they can’t because they have signed a second contract. And, that’s what happened when a friend of mine.

    The news came as a complete shock, especially since he didn’t recall signing on for another term. Upon demanding proof of his signature on a subsequent contract, he was sent copies of the paperwork he had signed when he requested an alarm technician to service the equipment with a simple battery replacement. He learned that a clause had a buried in the small print on the service paperwork, so when he had signed off on the service, he had essentially signed another monitoring contract.

    So, was he forced to uphold the new contract?

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