I have been told that east of the Mississippi a contract must be on paper to work in court. Theoretically, west of the River a man's word is evidence enough. I have never made a customer sign any contract for lawn mowing before; I usually give a price and outline the details of a job, shake on it, and do it. I have only had one customer back down in mid season and use another landscaper, and that only after paying me my dues. Has anyone else done business this way. How did your business work out? Have you ever had to file in small claims court with only a handshake deal as evidence?