Questions On The Doctrine Of Promissory Estoppels

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Contents Answer to Question No. 1 2 Answer to Question No. 2 3 Answer to Question No. 3 5 References 8 Answer to Question No. 1 Material Facts A valid and enforceable contract was entered into between Milhouse and Bart for constructing a deck. After the contract was entered into Bart requested Milhouse pay an additional amount of $3,000 as the work could not be completed with the amount stipulated in the contract. Milhouse agreed to pay the extra amount. Later after the work was completed Milhouse disagreed to pay the excess amount. Issues • Whether the promise by Milhouse to pay Bart an additional $3,000 is enforceable in law? Rules In order to resolve the issues raised in this question, we must refer to the doctrine of promissory estoppels. The doctrine of promissory estoppels is applicable in such cases when after having entered into a binding contract. One of the parties to the contract makes a promise which is contrary to the terms stipulated in the contract and the other party relies on such promise alters his/ her position in life or behavior accordingly. In such a case, the doctrine of promissory estoppels would apply to safeguard the interest of the latter party who had acted in reliance of such promise by way of preventing the former party from enforcing the terms of the original contract. The doctrine of promissory estoppels restricts a person from going back on his/her promise when they have induced a certain belief into another individual based on
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