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Negotiable Instruments Law

Negotiable Instruments Law



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Negotiable Instruments Law
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 ACT NO. 2031
February 03, 1911
Form of negotiable instruments. -
An instrument to benegotiable must conform to the following requirements:
(a) It must be in writing and signed by the maker or drawer;
(b) Must contain an unconditional promise or order to pay asum certain in money;
(c) Must be payable on demand, or at a fixed or determinablefuture time;
(d) Must be payable to order or to bearer; and
(e) Where the instrument is addressed to a drawee, he must benamed or otherwise indicated therein with reasonablecertainty.
Sec. 2.
What constitutes certainty as to sum.
- The sum payable is asum certain within the meaning of this Act, although it is to be paid:(a) with interest; or
(b) by stated installments; or
(c) by stated installments, with a provision that, upon defaultin payment of any installment or of interest, the whole shallbecome due; or
(d) with exchange, whether at a fixed rate or at the currentrate; or
(e) with costs of collection or an attorney's fee, in casepayment shall not be made at maturity.
Sec. 3.
When promise is unconditional. -
An unqualified order orpromise to pay is unconditional within the meaning of this Actthough coupled with:
(a) An indication of a particular fund out of whichreimbursement is to be made or a particular account to bedebited with the amount; or
(b) A statement of the transaction which gives rise to theinstrument.
But an order or promise to pay out of a particular fund is notunconditional.Sec. 4.
Determinable future time; what constitutes.
- An instrumentis payable at a determinable future time, within the meaning of thisAct, which is expressed to be payable:
(a) At a fixed period after date or sight; or
(b) On or before a fixed or determinable future time specifiedtherein; or
(c) On or at a fixed period after the occurrence of a specifiedevent which is certain to happen, though the time of happening be uncertain.
An instrument payable upon a contingency is not negotiable, andthe happening of the event does not cure the defect.
Sec. 5.
 Additional provisions not affecting negotiability.
- Aninstrument which contains an order or promise to do any act inaddition to the payment of money is not negotiable. But thenegotiable character of an instrument otherwise negotiable is notaffected by a provision which:
(a) authorizes the sale of collateral securities in case theinstrument be not paid at maturity; or
(b) authorizes a confession of judgment if the instrument benot paid at maturity; or
(c) waives the benefit of any law intended for the advantage orprotection of the obligor; or
(d) gives the holder an election to require something to bedone in lieu of payment of money.
But nothing in this section shall validate any provision or stipulationotherwise illegal.
Sec. 6.
Omissions; seal; particular money. -
The validity andnegotiable character of an instrument are not affected by the factthat:
(a) it is not dated; or
(b) does not specify the value given, or that any value hadbeen given therefor; or
(c) does not specify the place where it is drawn or the placewhere it is payable; or
(d) bears a seal; or
(e) designates a particular kind of current money in whichpayment is to be made.
But nothing in this section shall alter or repeal any statute requiringin certain cases the nature of the consideration to be stated in theinstrument.
Sec. 7.
When payable on demand.
- An instrument is payable on
(a) When it is so expressed to be payable on demand, or atsight, or on presentation; or
(b) In which no time for payment is expressed.
Where an instrument is issued, accepted, or indorsed whenoverdue, it is, as regards the person so issuing, accepting, orindorsing it, payable on demand.
Sec. 8.
When payable to order.
- The instrument is payable to orderwhere it is drawn payable to the order of a specified person or tohim or his order. It may be drawn payable to the order of:
(a) A payee who is not maker, drawer, or drawee; or
(b) The drawer or maker; or
(c) The drawee; or
(d) Two or more payees jointly; or
(e) One or some of several payees; or
(f) The holder of an office for the time being.
Where the instrument is payable to order, the payee must be namedor otherwise indicated therein with reasonable certainty.
Sec. 9.
When payable to bearer.
- The instrument is payable to
(a) When it is expressed to be so payable; or
(b) When it is payable to a person named therein or bearer; or
(c) When it is payable to the order of a fictitious or non-existing person, and such fact was known to the person

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