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Statute of Frauds
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Statute of Frauds

From 17th century English statutory law, (29 Car. II c. 3) passed in 1677 the requirement that certain kinds of transactions, typically contractual obligations, be evidenced by a writing signed by the party against whom inforcement is sought, or by her authorized agent. Such writing being a precondition to maintaining a suit for breach of contract (or other obligation). It is more properly called the Statute of Frauds and Perjuries

Traditionally, the statute of frauds requires a writing signed by the party against whom enforcement is sought in the following circumstances:

Law students often remember these circumstances by the mnemonic "MYLEGS" (marriage, year, land, surety, executor, guarantor sale).