Importance of “Consideration” in an Enforceable NJ Contract

Contract Consideration: It’s the Essence and the Cornerstone to the Enforceability of a Contract

Consideration is an important legal term under NJ contract law (it’s not behavior, like “be considerate to one another”). 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 an enforceable contract; it is consideration that distinguishes a contract from a gift. Normally, the value of the consideration need not be high. For example, often a standard contract states “For the sum of $1.00, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged and for other good and valuable consideration, the parties agree as follows”. This phrase is generally sufficient enough to make the contract enforceable under NJ law.

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