NH Law About... Automatic Renewal Clauses

Introduction to... Automatic Renewal Clauses

Posted April 16, 2013. Reviewed May 30, 2014, April 12, 2016.  

Automatic renewal clauses are also called “evergreen clauses.” Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed.) defines an evergreen "contract" as "a contract that renews itself from one term to the next in the absence of contrary notice by one of the parties." Evergreen clauses are not usually called "evergreen" in contracts. To spot an evergreen clause, look for the following words:





Notice period



Also, look through the entire contract carefully – sometimes the information you need is spread across several sections.  

If you're the one drafting a contract, consider using form books to find sample renewal clauses. Form books may contain complete fill-in-the blank forms or have sample language that the contract drafter puts together. They may also contain checklists and commentary about the form sections. There is no New Hampshire form book but you can find sample forms in the New Hampshire Practice Series, in continuing legal education manuals, and in treatises on New Hampshire law. These are all available at the New Hampshire Law Library.  

A sampling of laws about automatic renewals is below but there are more in the statutes. If you’re searching the NH statutes online, do a keyword search on “automatic renewal,” “membership contract,” or “cancellation rights” because the term "evergreen" isn't found in the statutes. You can also look for the specific type of business. For example, if you want to find out about automatic renewals for health club memberships, search under "health clubs."

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Read about... Automatic Renewal Clauses


New Hampshire. Dept. of Justice. Consumer Sourcebook. Health Clubs  GO>

Link verified on: April 8, 2016

FindLaw's Common Law. You Need to Watch Out for Automatic Contract Renewals  GO>

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The American Bar Association family legal guide / American Bar Association. New York : Random House Reference, c2004. Edition: 3rd ed.   GO>

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Unfair and deceptive acts and practices / Carolyn L Carter; Jonathan A Sheldon; John W Van Alst; Jeremiah Battle; National Consumer Law Center. 8th ed.   GO>

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Read the law about... Automatic Renewal Clauses


RSA 358-A. Regulation of Business Practices for Consumer Protection  GO>

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RSA 358-I. Health Clubs  GO>

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RSA 358-J Buying Clubs  GO>

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RSA 358-S Martial Arts Schools  GO>

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Find it in a Library ... New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated

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Find the New Hampshire statutes in print at libraries throughout the state.   GO>

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New Hampshire. Dept. of Justice. Office of the Attorney General. Consumer Complaints  GO>

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New Hampshire Law Library

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