statute of frauds


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basis of most modern laws requiring that certain promises must be in writing in order to be enforceable; it was passed by the English Parliament in 1677. In the United States, although state laws vary, most require written agreements in four types of contracts: contracts to assume the obligation of another; contracts that cannot be performed within one year; contracts for the sale of land; and contracts for the sale of goods.

Statute of Frauds:

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basis of most modern laws requiring that certain promises must be in writing in order to be enforceable; it was passed by the English Parliament in 1677.
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statute of frauds

A rule that certain kinds of contracts are unenforceable unless signed and in writing or unless there is a written memorandum of their terms signed by the party to be charged. In most states contracts for the sale of real property or for leases of over a specified duration must be in writing to be enforceable.
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134) At any rate, curative statutes do exist for certain violations of the statute of frauds applicable to transfers of real property, although they vary in scope from state to state.
From the earliest email cases, the courts have not hesitated to find that email communications may comply with the Statute of Frauds.
The Statute of Frauds formulation implies that a "writing" is itself a basic and understood concept.
Farzin, a Pennsylvania case, the court held a mailgram to be a signed writing as required by the statute of frauds and recognized similarities among communication methods:
Under Arizona's statute of frauds, "an agreement which by its terms is not to be performed during the lifetime of the promisor, or an agreement to devise or bequeath any property, or to make provision for any person by will," must be committed to writing and signed by the charged party.
18) The influence of the English Statute of Frauds is still apparent today in the revocation statutes throughout the United States.
The Appellate Division ruled that, generally, the modification of a written lease is subject to the statute of frauds and therefore must be in writing.
Plaintiffs claim that the supposed oral agreements are unenforceable under the Statute of Frauds, a long-established principle of contract law that requires that agreements for periods of over one year must be set out in signed writings.
Under a law commonly known as the Statute of Frauds, in New York, a brokerage agreement is not required to be in writing.
the Statute of Frauds, parole evidence, and electronic and "shrinkwrap" agreements.
the Statute of Frauds, parol evidence, and electronic and "shrinkwrap" agreements.