Contract: Time for Performance

Written contracts often include precise language covering when certain acts must be done. For example, contracts often include provisions as to when payment should be made and when parties are obligated to perform their contractual duties. What happens when a contract is silent on timing?

When a contract does not specify a time for performance, “performance must be made within a reasonable time.” Hemsath v. City of O’Fallon, 261 S.W.3d 1, 6 (Mo. Ct. App. 2008. What is reasonable “depends upon the circumstances of each case.” Id.

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