main purpose rule


main pur·​pose rule
: a doctrine in contract law: a promise to pay the debt of another need not be in writing to be enforceable if the promisor was motivated by a desire for advantage or benefit

called also leading object rule

compare statute of frauds sense 1

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“Main purpose rule.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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