mailbox rule


mailbox rule
mail·box rule n: a rule treating the sending of something as constituting a filing or as a basis for assuming receipt; specif: a rule in contract law: a notice of acceptance of an offer sent to the offeror by reasonable means or as agreed by the parties is effective and is not affected by any notice of revocation of the offer subsequently received

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

mailbox rule
n.
A doctrine in contract law stating that an offer is accepted at the time a written acceptance is deposited in the mail.

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


mailbox rule
In contract law, the acceptance of a contract is effective when a properly prepaid and addressed letter of acceptance is posted, as long as it is sent within the time in which the offer must be accepted (and unless the offer requires acceptance by personal delivery on or before the specified date). The mailbox rule is an exception to the general principle is that a contract is formed when acceptance is actually communicated to the offeror.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations
Category: Personal Finance & Retirement
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

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


mailbox rule
n.
1 The rule that the acceptance of a contract is effective upon being mailed, unless the contract provides otherwise.
2 In litigation, the rule that a pleading is served as of the date it is mailed.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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