statute of frauds
statute of frauds
1 often cap S&F
a: a state law modeled on the English Statute of Frauds or dealing with the enforcement and requirements of agreements in particular circumstances see also statute of frauds in the important laws section compare main purpose rule; part performance at performance
◇ There are many statutes of frauds, but use of the term often implies a single entity. This is at least partially due to the great stature of the original law, which represents the general principle that a contract must be in writing to be enforceable.
b: a provision in the Uniform Commercial Code under which a contract for the sale of goods for $500 or more is not enforceable unless signed by the party sought to be held to it or by an authorized agent
2: a defense employing a statute of frauds (as in the denial of an enforceable agreement)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

statute of frauds
n.
A statute requiring that certain kinds of contracts be written in order to be enforced, common under English law and now codified in the Uniform Commercial Code.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


statute of frauds
A law in every state that requires certain types of documents to be in writing and signed by the party to be charged (usually, the defendant in a lawsuit). Examples include: real estate transfers (conveyances), leases for more than a year, wills, and some types of contracts.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


statute of frauds
n. A statutory requirement that certain contracts must be written and signed to be enforceable, most often applicable to contracts for real estate and contracts whose purpose spans more than one year.
- part performance

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


statute of frauds
A type of state law, modeled after an old English law, that requires certain types of contracts to be in writing.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


statute of frauds
I
A type of state law, modeled after an old English law, that requires certain types of contracts to be in writing.
II A statutory requirement that certain contracts must be in writing.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

statute of frauds
n.
   law in every state which requires that certain documents be in writing, such as real property titles and transfers (conveyances), leases for more than a year, wills and some types of contracts. The original statute was enacted in England in 1677 to prevent fraudulent title claims.
   See also: fraud

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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