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BLTC-9e Sample Answer for End-of-Chapter Hypothetical Question with Sample Answer Chapter 14: The Statute of Frauds—Writing Requirement 14.2 Hypothetical Question with Sample Answer Gemma promises a local hardware store that she will pay for a lawn mower that her brother is purchasing on credit if the brother fails to pay the debt. Must this promise be in writing to be enforceable? Why or why not? Sample Answer: In this situation, Gemma becomes what is known as a guarantor on the loan. That is, she guarantees the hardware store that she will pay for the mower if her brother fails to do so. This kind of collateral promise, in which the guarantor
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Unformatted text preview: states that he or she will become responsible only if the primary party does not perform, must be in writing to be enforceable. There is an exception, however. If the main purpose in accepting secondary liability is to secure a personal benefit —for example, if Gemma’s brother bought the mower for her—the contract need not be in writing. The assumption is that a court can infer from the circumstances of the case whether the main purpose was to secure a personal benefit and thus, in effect, to answer for the guarantor’s own debt....
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