Consideration: The Essence of a Contract in New Jersey and the Cornerstone to the Enforceability of a New Jersey Contract

Written by Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a New Jersey Contract Attorney

contract_4Consideration is an important legal term under NJ contract law. It means something of value is being given in exchange for a promise. Consideration can be money, something of economic value, a promise to do something or a promise not to do something. All parties to a contract must give consideration in order to create a contract; it is consideration that distinguishes a contract from a gift. Generally speaking, without valid consideration, there cannot be an enforceable contract. Normally, the value of the consideration need not be high. For example, here’s a standard contract phrase that generally suffices to establish valid and enforceable consideration: “For the sum of $1.00, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged and for other good and valuable consideration, the parties agree as follows:”. That phrase is good enough to generally find sufficient consideration to a contract to make that contract enforceable under NJ law.

Fredrick P. Niemann Esq.

Fredrick P. Niemann Esq.

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