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What is a duress in contract law?
Last Updated: 16th February, 2020
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Similarly one may ask, what is an example of duress?
Examples of duress include: Threat to physically harm the other party, his family, or his property. Threat to humiliate, disgrace, or cause a scandal about, the other party, or his family. Threat to have someone else criminally prosecuted, or sued in civil court.
Also Know, does duress render a contract void or voidable? A contract induced by physical duress—threat of bodily harm—is void; a contract induced by improper threats—another type of duress—is voidable. Voidable also are contracts induced by undue influence, where a weak will is overborne by a stronger one.
One may also ask, what does it mean to be under duress?
noun. a. Compulsion by threat or violence; coercion: confessed under duress. b. Constraint or difficulty caused by misfortune: “children who needed only temporary care because their parents were ill, out of work, or under some other form of duress” ( Stephan O'Connor )
What is duress and how does it affect the validity of a contract?
Duress is a wrongful act or threat by one party that compels another party to perform some act, such as the signing of a contract, which he or she would not have done voluntarily. A contract that is induced by duress is either void or voidable.