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Does this need to specifically be Florida law or general legal principals?
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In the first situation between Peter and Brian, Brian promised to hold the vehicle for Peter for a certain time period. It can be either a “firm offer” or not, depending on what version of the UCC the state is using. Under the old UCC § 2-205 Firm Offers: “An offer by a merchant to buy or sell goods in a signed writing which by its terms gives assurance that it will be held open is not revocable, for lack of consideration, during the time stated or if no time is stated for a reasonable time, but in no event may such period of irrevocability exceed three months; but any such term of assurance on a form supplied by the offeree must be separately signed by the offeror.” The new UCC does away with the signed requirement, and rather only requires an authenticated record. So Peter may be able to recover, but only if his state is using the new UCC.
In the second situation, Stewie could revoke the offer at any time before the offer is accepted, because it is not accompanied by an option. Stewie is not a merchant, and therefore not subject to the additional laws that apply only to merchants. He could revoke this “firm offer” at any time, even before she returns with her husband, so long as the revocation is communicated to Lois. A revocation of a contract does not have to be communicated from the offeror to the offeree, but the offeree does need to have some knowledge of the revocation.
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Then what I stated should do the trick. Again, there are two different UCC versions, and under the old UCC, that would have required a signature. The new one only requires authentication of the writing.
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