Estoppel Services in Portland and Seattle

Portland Estoppel and Laches Services

Contracts are complex legal documents or agreements that can and should be enforced. Knowing what type of contract you’re dealing with and how to enforce it is best determined through the aid of an experienced business attorney.

If you have questions about contracts, quasi-contracts, promissory estoppels, or estoppels of any kind, please feel free to give us a call. We are happy to offer a free consultation in Portland or Seattle.

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Quasi-Contract & Promissory Estoppel

Seattle Estoppel and Laches
In cases involving broken agreements, it sometimes happens that there has not been an actual business contract, for various technical legal reasons. Even where contracts per se are lacking, the law recognizes related theories of recovery. Sales agreements, as well as what might at first seem to have been contracts for services, or other contracts and agreements, can nevertheless have legal force under different guise.

Promissory Estoppel Laws

The laws of both Oregon and Washington recognize claims for “promissory estoppel,” a doctrine that can give rise to what’s known as a quasi-contract. A legal dictionary will commonly define promissory estoppel as “an alternative to consideration” – a reason by which a party should be obliged to live up to its promise. Normally, this requires that a person receiving a promise undertake a detriment in reliance on the promise.

In a quasi-contract enforceable via promissory estoppel, a promisor may be required to fulfill his promise even though he receives no consideration in return, as he would have in the case of a true contract.

To determine which type of estoppel you are dealing with and to enforce your contract, please call us for a free consultation.