In an email my friend's ex-boyfriend (who is an attorney) wrote that he was ending their relationship. Since She just move her furniture out of climate controlled storage and into his place he wrote in the email that he would pay to have her furniture moved to anywhere and when she desired. He is now refusing to pay for the move and for the climate controlled storage. My friend does not have the money to pay for the move and for the storage. Could this email be a binding contract and if so does she have any recourse?
Welcome and thank you for your question!I am sorry to learn of these circumstances. Please clarify: is the furniture still at his place?
Yes the furniture is still at his place. He agreed that she could leave it there until she is ready to have it moved. Now his is demanding she get it moved now and he said he will not pay for the move or for storage
Thank you. The e-mail that you described was a promise. His actions afterwards reflect a broken promise.The e-mail itself is not a contract. It does not meet the legal requirements of offer, consideration, and acceptance. Instead, it's a broken promise. One that she cannot sue over and win.Hopefully she has some good friend who would be willing to help her out with moving and storage (or, worst case, she can donate the furniture to a charity and take the tax deduction). Salvation Army, etc. brings their own trucks to pick such items up. Something to think about (maybe for some of the items).I know that this is not what you wanted to hear but you deserve a candid answer. I wish very much that I could offer you an answer that was more favorable to your circumstances, but the law seems to be pretty clear. Had I been able to provide an Answer which might have given you a successful outcome, it would have been my pleasure to do so.I hope you understand.It has been my pleasure to assist you today with your information needs. It is my goal that you are satisfied. No expert can promise you an answer that is favorable to your circumstances. But I will do my very best to explain the legal principles that are related to the facts you’ve described so that you can better understand the “why” of things. What are your options now?If you wish to continue this conversation, click on the Continue Conversation link. If you are satisfied that I have answered your question, then please rate the answer with a four or a five so that I receive credit for assisting you. Positive ratings are the only way I receive credit for assisting you today.IF you feel the need to click either "Helped a little" or "I expected more," then do not rate me (not yet, anyway!). Instead, reply to me using the REPLY or CONTINUE CONVERSATION button. Specify what additional information you need and I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek. Thanks, ~~ J.B.
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