Legal Detriment

Legal Detriment

A change in position by one to whom a promise has been made, or an assumption of duties or liabilities not previously imposed on the person, due to the person's reliance on the actions of the one who makes the promise.

Cross-references

Consideration; Contracts.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
When it is said that the thing that constitutes the consideration must be valuable, this means just that the substance of the consideration must either impose a legal detriment upon the promisee or confer a legal benefit upon the promisor.
It is well settled that something can count as consideration if, but only if, it either imposes a legal detriment upon the promisee or confers a legal benefit upon the promisor.
The idea of legal detriment or benefit shows the substance of the consideration to be negatively or positively related to a party's wants and to be something in which either party can have an ownership interest.
It should not have any special legal privileges, nor should it be subject to special legal detriments."