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1. Negotiable Instruments - written contracts for the payment of money; by its form, intended as a substitute for money and intended to pass from hand to hand, to give the holder in due course the right to hold the same and collect the sum due. 2. Characteristics of Negotiable Instruments: a. negotiability - right of transferee to hold the instrument and collect the sum due b. accumulation of secondary contracts - instrument is negotiated from person to person 3. Difference between Negotiable Instruments from Non-Negotiable Instruments: Negotiable Instruments Contains all the requisites of Sec. 1 of the NIL Transferred by negotiation Holder in due course may have better rights than transferor Prior parties warrant payment Transferee has right of recourse against intermediate parties Non-negotiable Instruments does not contain all the requisites of Sec. 1 of the NIL transferred by assignment transferee acquires rights only of his transferor prior parties merely warrant legality of title transferee has no right of recourse
4. Difference between Negotiable Instruments and Negotiable Documents of Title Negotiable Instruments Have requisites of Sec. 1 of the NIL Have right of recourse against intermediate parties who are secondarily liable Holder in due course may have rights better than transferor Subject is money Instrument itself is property of value Negotiable Documents of Title does not contain requisites of Sec. 1 of NIL no secondary liability of intermediate parties transferee merely steps into the shoes of the transferor subject is goods instrument is merely evidence of title; thing of value are the goods mentioned in the document
5. Promissory Note - unconditional promise to pay in writing made by one person to anther, signed by the maker, engaging to pay on demand or a fixed determinable future time a sum certain in money to order or bearer. When the note is drawn to maker’s own order, it is not complete until indorse by him. (Sec. 184 NIL) Parties: a. maker b. payee 6. Bill of Exchange - unconditional order in writing addressed by one person to another, signed by the person giving it, requiring the person to whom it is addressed to pay on demand or at a fixed or determinable future time a sum certain in money to order or to bearer. (Sec. 126 NIL) Parties: a. drawer b. payee c. drawee/ acceptor 7. Check - bill of exchange drawn on a bank and payable on demand. (Sec. 185 NIL) 8. Difference between Promissory Note and Bill of Exchange
revokes the of exchange does not authority of the banker pay . d.may be payable on demand or at a fixed or determinable future time . the drawee bank and the payee .for payment Bill of Exchange unconditional order involves 3 parties drawer only secondarily liable generally 2 presentments .not drawn on a deposit .not necessary that it be presented for .there are two (2) parties. Other Forms of Negotiable Instruments: certificates of deposits trade acceptances bonds in the nature of promissory notes drafts which are bills of exchange drawn by 1 bank to another letters of credit Trust Receipt . e.drawn on a deposit .there are three (3) parties.may or may not be drawn against a bank .necessary that it be presented for acceptance acceptance . not necessarily a bank .COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law Promissory Note Unconditional promise Involves 2 parties Maker primarily liable only 1 presentment . 10. the maker and the payee . the drawer.always payable on demand BOE . contains an unconditional promise or order to pay a sum certain in money c.must be presented for payment within a .may be payable on demand or at a fixed or determinable future time . be payable to order or to bearer 13. be payable on demand or at a fixed determinable future time d.the death of a drawer of a check.may be drawn against any person. 12. with . be payable on demand or at a fixed determinable future time d. c.may be presented for payment within a reasonable time after its issue (6 months) reasonable time after its last negotiation.a promise to pay 11.the death of the drawer of the ordinary bill knowledge by the banks. . be in writing signed by the drawer b.an order to pay PN . contains an unconditional promise or order to pay a sum certain in money c.for acceptance and for payment 9. 1 NIL) Requisites of a Negotiable Bill (BOE): (SUDOC) It must: a.always drawn upon a bank or banker . Distinctions between a Promissory Note and Check CHECK . a. Distinctions between a Check and Bill of Exchange CHECK . be in writing signed by the drawer b. be payable to order or to bearer (Sec. b.always drawn against a bank -always payable on demand . 14.a security transaction intended to aid in the financing of importers and retailers who do not have sufficient funds to finance their transaction and acquire credit except to use as collateral the merchandise imported Requisites of a Negotiable Note (PN): (SUDO) It must: a.
If it appears on the instrument that it lacks one of the requirements. it is non-negotiable. 2 NIL) 15. The requirement lacking cannot be supplied by using a separate instrument in which that requirement which is lacking appears. 3 NIL) But an order or promise to pay out of a particular fund is not unconditional Notes on Section 3 - The particular fund indicated should not be the direct source of payment. must be examined and compared with the requirements stated in Sec. 17. A statement of the transaction does not destroy the negotiability of the instrument. The writing may be in ink. 1. The fund should only be the source of reimbursement. by the provisions of the Negotiable Instrument Law. on or at a fixed date after the occurrence of an event certain to happen though the exact date is not certain (Sec. The Bill must contain an order. It must be signed by the maker or drawer. indication of particular fund from which the acceptor disburses himself after payment b. by considering the whole instrument c. a. 16. 4 NIL) . If it is conditional. only the instrument itself and no other. wares. 18. cloth. leather or any other substitute of paper. It may be upon parchment. it is not negotiable and the provisions of the NIL do not govern the instrument. It may consist of mere initials or even numbers. d. A drawee’s name may be filled in under Section 14 of the NIL Determination of negotiability a. Instrument is payable upon a determinable future time if: a.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law e. c. (Sec. Exception: Where the promise to pay or order is made subject to the terms and conditions of the transaction stated. Exceptions: a. 1 NIL) Notes on Section 1: In order to be negotiable. Sum is certain even if it is to be paid with: interest in installments in installments with acceleration clause with exchange costs of collection or attorney’s fees (Sec. or merchandise or in property. else it becomes unconditional and therefore non-negotiable. something more than the mere asking of a favor. there is a fixed period after sight/date b. on or before a specified date/fixed determinable future time c. b. there must be a writing of some kind. particularly Section 1 thereof b. by what appears on the face of the instrument and not elsewhere *In determining is the instrument is negotiable. It cannot be made payable in goods. statement of the transaction which gives rise to the instrument. the drawee must be named or otherwise indicated with reasonable certainty (Sec. e. but the holder must prove that what is written is intended as a signature of the person sought to be charged. else there would be nothing to be negotiated or passed from hand to hand. Sum payable must be in money only. print or pencil. General Rule: The promise or order should not depend on a contingent event.
payable on demand. - Instrument is payable to order: where it is drawn payable to the order of a specified person or to a specified person or his order It may be drawn payable to the order of: a. the happening of the event does not cure the defect (still non-negotiable) 19. a payee who is not a maker. accepting. There are two kinds of judgements by confession: a) cognovit actionem b) relicta verificatione Confessions of judgement in the Philippines are void as against public policy. or indorsing it. it cannot require something illegal. it is. it may properly be considered as an incomplete instrument and fall under the provisions of Sec. Instrument is payable upon demand if: a. confession of judgment c.if the time for payment is left blank (as opposed to being omitted). as regards to the person so issuing. it is not dated b. General Rule: If some other act is required other than the payment of money. 8 NIL) . issued. 22. does not specify the place where it is drawn or payable d. the drawer or maker c. 15. the holder of an office for the time being (Sec. Exceptions: a. it is non-negotiable. Limitation on the provision. or endorsed after maturity (Sec. does not specify the value given or that any had been given c. or 16 depending on how the instrument is delivered. designates the kind of current money in which payment is to be made (Sec. accepted or indorsed when overdue. The validity and negotiability of an instrument is not affected by the fact that: a. sale of collateral securities b. 14. drawer. one or some of several payees f. Notes on Section 7 . no period of payment is stipulated c. gives option to the holder to require something to be done in lieu of money (Sec. the drawee d. it is expressed to be so payable on sight or upon presentation b. 6 NIL) 21. If the choice lies with the debtor. 7 NIL) Where an instrument is issued. two or more payees jointly e. the instrument is rendered non-negotiable. accepted.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law Notes on Section 4 - If the instrument is payable upon a contingency. bears a seal e. or drawee b. 5 NIL) Notes of Section 5 - 20. waives benefit of law d.
14 NIL) b. Holder in Due Course Affected by Abnormality/Deficiency: a. The payee must be named or otherwise indicated therein with reasonable certainty. all must indorse.the insertion of a wrong date does not avoid the instrument in the hands of a subsequent holder in due course . 9 NIL) Notes on Section 9 24. incomplete but delivered instrument (Sec.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law Notes on Section 8 23.any holder may insert the true date of issuance or acceptance . Instrument is payable to bearer : when it is expressed to be so payable when payable to the person named or bearer payable to order of fictitious or non-existent person and this fact was known to drawer name of payee not name of any person only and last indorsement is an indorsement in blank (Sec. complete and delivered issued without consideration or a consideration consisting of a promise which was not fulfilled (Sec 28 NIL) 26. where the instrument is drawn. “fictitious person” means a person who has no right to the instrument because the maker or drawer of it so intended. 13 NIL) Effects: . complete but undelivered (Sec. 23 NIL) 27. the intent of the principal is controlling The date may be inserted in an instrument when: a. b. An existing person may be considered fictitious depending on the intention of the maker or the drawer. If negotiated to a holder in due course. If there is no payee. Being several payees is indicated by the conjunction “or”. c. c. b. the date inserted (even if it be the wrong date) is regarded as the true date. Joint payees in indicated by the conjunction “and”. Subsequent Holder in Due Course not affected by the following deficiencies: a. there would be no one to indorse the instrument payable to order. maker/drawer’s signature forged (Sec. where acceptance of an instrument payable at a fixed period after sight is undated (Sec. Therefore useless to be considered negotiable. Where the agent has no authority to execute the instrument. it is valid and effectual for all purpose as though it was filled up strictly in accordance with the authority given and within reasonable time. He was not intended to be the payee. d. 16 NIL) c. made or prepared by an agent. an instrument expressed to be payable at a fixed period after date is issued undated b. 15 NIL) b. To negotiate. incomplete and undelivered instrument (Sec. 14 NIL) . the knowledge or intent of the signer of the instrument is controlling. 25. It must be filled up strictly in accordance with the authority given and within a reasonable time. Incomplete but Delivered Instrument: 1. e. Where an instrument is wanting in any material particular: a. (Sec. Holder has prima facie authority to fill up the blanks therein. a. “fictitious person” is not limited to persons having no legal existence.as to the holder in due course.
Incomplete and Undelivered Instrument: General Rule: Where an incomplete instrument has not been delivered. If between immediate parties and remote parties not holder in due course. . The holder has prima facie authority to fill it up as such for any amount. 5) an instrument entrusted to another who wrongfully completes it and negotiates it to a holder in due course. date) in the case of the signature in blank. it is a real defense. drawing. accepting or indorsing. If instrument not in hands of drawer/maker. there is prima facie evidence of delivery and if it be a holder in due course. to be effectual there must be authorized delivery by the party making. Where only a signature on a blank paper was delivered: a. This may be rebutted by proof of non-delivery. If the holder is a holder in due course. it will not. mere possession of the instrument is enough to presume prima facie authority to fill it up. 16 NIL) Rules on delivery of negotiable instruments: 1) delivery is essential to the validity of any negotiable instrument 2) as between immediate parties or those is like cases. delivery is not conclusively presumed where the instrument is incomplete defense of the maker is to prove non-delivery of the incomplete instrument.g.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law 2. a.g. (Sec. (Sec. material particular may be an omission which will render the instrument nonnegotiable (e. It was delivered by the person making it in order that it may be converted into a negotiable instrument b. there is conclusive presumption of delivery. valid and intentional delivery is presumed until the contrary is proven (Sec. name of payee). 6) If an instrument is completed and is found in the possession of another. delivery to the agent or custodian is sufficient delivery to bind the maker or drawer. all prior deliveries conclusively presumed valid c. delivery must be with intention of passing title 3) an instrument signed but not completed by the drawer or maker and retained by him is invalid as to him for want of delivery even in the hands of a holder in due course 4) but there is prima facie presumption of delivery of an instrument signed but not completed by the drawer or maker and retained by him if it is in the hands of a holder in due course. Complete but Undelivered: General Rule: Every contract on a negotiable instrument is incomplete and revocable until delivery for the purpose of giving effect thereto. It can be interposed against a holder in due course. 14 NIL) Notes on Section 14 28. Mere possession is not enough. an omission which will not render the instrument non-negotiable (e. if completed and negotiated without authority. if the instrument is wanting in material particular. 15 NIL) Notes on Section 15 - 29. be a valid contract in the hands of any holder against any person who signed before delivery. Delivery may be shown to be conditional or for a special purpose only b. 7) delivery may be conditional or for a special purpose but such do not affect the rights of a holder in due course. delivery with intent to convert it into a negotiable instrument is required. .
Exception: a.the party against whom it is sought to be enforced is precluded from setting up the forgery or want of authority. (Sec. drawee bank is conclusively presumed to know the signature of its drawer . General rule: a person whose signature does not appear on the instrument in not liable. no right to enforce payment can be acquired. 23 NIL) Exception: . - Section 23 applies only to forged signatures or signatures made without authority Alterations such as to amounts or like fall under section 124 Forms of forgery are a) fraud in factum b) duress amounting to fraud c) fraudulent impersonation Only the signature forged or made without authority is inoperative. no right to retain b. he must add words to his signature indicating that he signs as an agent c.no liability attached to the infant or the corporation . 22 NIL) Effects: . 21 NIL) General rule: Infants and corporations incur no liability by their indorsement or assignment of an instrument. 23) General rule: an agent is not liable on the instrument if he were duly authorized to sign for or on behalf of a principal. he must be duly authorized b.the principal in only bound if the agent acted within the limits of the authority given . (Sec. no right to give a discharge c. if an agent does not disclose his principal. 34. (Sec. Persons who are precluded by warranting are a) indorsers b) persons negotiating by delivery c) acceptors. Per Procuration .COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law 30. 31. the agent is personally liable on the instrument. he must disclose his principal (Sec. Effects: . Requisites: a. 18) b. the instrument or other signatures which are genuine are affected The instrument can be enforced by holders to whose title the forged signature is not necessary Persons who are precluded from setting up the forgery are a) those who warrant or admit the genuineness of the signature b) those who are estopped. a forger (Sec.operates as notice that the agent has a limited authority to sign.the person who takes the instrument is bound to inquire into the extent and nature of the authority given. 19) c. one who signs in a trade or assumed name (Sec. a duly authorized agent (Sec. Notes on Section 23 - 33. Effects: a.the instrument is still valid and the indorsee acquires title General rule: a signature which is forged or made without authority is wholly inoperative. 20 NIL) Notes on Section 20 32.
the drawer’s account cannot be charged by the drawee where the drawee paid . (Sec.a party whose indorsement is forged on a note payable to order and all parties prior to him including the maker cannot be held liable by any holder . failure of consideration implies that consideration was intended by that it failed to pass the defense of want of consideration is ineffective against a holder in due course a drawee who accepts the bill cannot allege want of consideration against the drawer 36. 37. the holder is deemed a holder for value in respect to all parties who become such prior to that time. the rules are the same as in PN. absence any act of negligence on their part.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law if endorser’s signature is forged. loss will be borne by the forger and parties subsequent thereto drawee bank is not conclusively presumed to know the signature of the indorser. 24 NIL) Effects: . Where the payee’s signature is forged.the payee can recover from the recipient of the payment. payments made by the drawee bank to collecting bank is ineffective. Absence or failure of consideration may be set up against a holder not a holder in due course (personal defense) b.if the drawee has not accepted the bill but has paid it. the drawee bears the loss and his remedy is to go after the forger .the collecting bank bears the loss but can recover from the person to whom it paid . . . No debtor/creditor relationship is created.if the drawee has accepted the bill.the payee cannot collect from the drawee bank . Every negotiable instrument is deemed prima facie to have been issued for a valuable consideration. Partial failure of consideration is a defense pro tanto (Sec 28 NIL) Notes on Section 28 absence of consideration is where no consideration was intended to pass. 26 NIL) Effect of want of consideration: a.if payable to bearer. Rules on liabilities of parties on a forged instrument In a PN . An agency to collect is created between the person depositing and the collecting bank. such as the collecting bank . The responsibility falls on the bank which last guaranteed the indorsement and not the drawee bank.every person whose signature appears thereon is a party for value .the drawee bank can recover from the collecting bank . 35.the payee can recover from the drawer .the drawer has no right to recover from the collecting bank .a maker whose signature was forged cannot be held liable by any holder In a BOE . (Sec.presumption is disputable Where value has at any time been given for the instrument. the drawee cannot recover from the drawer or the recipient of the proceeds.a party whose indorsement is forged on a note originally payable to bearer and all parties prior to him including the maker may be held liable by a holder in due course provided that it was mechanically complete before the forgery . Drawee bank may recover from collecting bank who may in turn recover from the person depositing.
35) Restrictive (Sec. he may do this even without first proceeding against the debtor provided: a. d. it is transferred from one person to another b. c. Effects: . 38) Conditional (Sec. 34) Blank (Sec.An indorser whose indorsement is struck out is discharged . (Sec. A holder may strike out any indorsement which is not necessary to his title. 41.by indorsement and delivery (Sec. that the transfer must be in a manner as to constitute the transferee a holder For a bearer instrument .All indorsers subsequent to such indorser who has been discharged are likewise relieved. drawer. e.an accommodation party is liable to the holder for value notwithstanding that such holder knew that of the accommodation. 40 NIL) Notes on Section 40 Section 40 applies only to instruments originally payable to bearer It cannot apply where the instrument is payable to bearer because the only or last indorsement is in blank 40. principal debtor is insolvent 39. acceptor. 31 NIL) Notes on Section 31 the paper attached with the indorsement is an allonge an allonge must be attached so that it becomes a part of the instrument.by delivery For payable to order . 28 NIL) Notes on Section 28 the accommodated party cannot recover from the accommodation party want of consideration cannot be interposed by the accommodation party an accommodation maker may seek reimbursement from a co-maker even in the absence of any provision in the NIL. . written b. on the instrument itself or upon a piece of paper attached (Sec. Kinds of Indorsements: Special (Sec. he paid by virtue of judicial demand b. b. An accommodation party is one who signs the instrument as maker.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law 38. the deficiency is supplied by the New Civil Code. 36) Qualified (Sec. it cannot be simply pinned or clipped to it. 48 NIL) Effects of a transfer without endorsement: the transferee acquires such title as the transferor had 44. or indorser without receiving value therefor and for the purpose of lending his name to some other person. 39 NIL) Effects of indorsing an instrument originally payable to bearer: it may further be negotiated by delivery the person indorsing is liable as indorser to such persons as to make title through his indorsement (Sec. 42. Effects: . (Sec. - 43. 30 NIL) Indorsement to be must be: a. a. An instrument is negotiated when: a.
want of delivery of complete instrument 3. Can be set up against holders not HDC Legal or real defenses are those which attach to the instrument itself and can be set up against the whole world. Requisites for a Holder in Due Course (HDC): a. became a holder before it was overdue and had no notice that it had been previously dishonored if such was the fact c. filling up the blanks contrary to authority Fraud in factum or in esse contractus . 48. 59) the person who questions such has the burden of proof to prove otherwise if one of the requisites are lacking. 49 NIL) Rights of a holder: a holder may sue in his own name a holder may receive payment. no notice of infirmity in instrument or defect in the title of the person negotiating it (Sec. Effects: . - every holder is presumed to be a HDC (Sec. 53 NIL) Rights of a HDC: holds the instrument free from any defect of title of prior parties free from defenses available to prior parties among themselves (personal/ equitable defenses) may enforce payment of the instrument for the full amount against all parties liable(Sec.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law 45. absence or failure of consideration 2. at time he took the instrument. insertion of wrong date where payable at a fixed period after date and issued undated. the instrument is not overdue and the holder is a HDC acquisition of the transferee or indorsee must be in good faith good faith means lack of knowledge or notice of defect or infirmity A holder is not a HDC where an instrument payable on demand is negotiated at an unreasonable length of time after its issue (Sec.if in due course it discharges the instrument (Sec. including a HDC. receives the instrument complete and regular on its face b. on the date of maturity. Real Defenses Alteration Want of delivery of incomplete instrument Duress amounting to forgery - Personal Defenses 1. the holder is not HDC an instrument is considered complete and regular on its face if a) the omission is immaterial b) the alteration on the instrument was not apparent on its face an instrument is overdue after the date of maturity. takes the instrument for value and in good faith d. 51 NIL) 46. 52 NIL) Notes on Section 52 - 47. or at a fixed period after sight and acceptance is undated 4. the transferee acquires the right to have the indorsement of the transferor negotiation takes effect as of the time the indorsement is actually made (Sec. 57 NIL) Notes on Section 57 Personal or equitable defenses are those which grow out of the agreement or conduct of a particular person in regard to the instrument which renders it inequitable for him through legal title to enforce it.
engages to pay according to tenor of instrument b. General rule: every holder is deemed prima facie to be a holder in due course. insanity where there is no notice of insanity 49. has all the rights of such HDC 50. 52. fraud in inducement 6.where it is shown that the title of any person who has negotiated the instrument is defective.may receive payment and if it is in due course. Exception: . Exception: . a minor or a corporation acting ultra vires 51.if he derives his title through a HDC and is not a party to any fraud or illegality thereto. want of authority of the agent where he has apparent authority 15. Minority Marriage in case of a wife Insanity where the insane person has a guardian appointed by the court Ultra vires acts of a corporation where its charter or by statue. the burden is on the holder to prove that he is a HDC or that a person under whom he claims is a HDC (Sec. 60 NIL) Notes on Section 60 a maker’s liability is primarily and unconditional one who has signed as such is presumed to have acted with care and to have signed with full knowledge of its contents. acquisition of the instrument for an illegal consideration 9. (Sec. has all the rights of such HDC in respect to all parties prior.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law given or not within reasonable time 5. intoxication 13.holds the instrument subject to the same defenses as if it were non-negotiable . unless fraud is proved the payee’s interest is only to see to it that the note is paid according to its terms when two or more makers sign jointly. duress or fear 7. each is individually liable for the full amount even if one did not receive the value given the maker is precluded from setting up the defense of a) the payee is fictional. ultra vires acts of corporations 14. the drawer: . acquisition of the instrument by unlawful means 8. it is prohibited from issuing commercial paper Want of authority of agent Execution of instrument between public enemies Illegality of contract made by statue Forgery A instrument not in the hands of a HDC is subject to the same defenses as if it were non-negotiable. b) that the payee was insane. the instrument is discharged . admits existence of payee and his capacity to indorse (Sec. 58 NIL) Rights of a holder not a HDC . A drawer is secondarily liable Effects of drawing the instrument.may sue in his own name . negotiation under circumstances amounting to fraud 11.a holder who derives his title through a HDC and is not a party to any fraud or illegality affecting the instrument. the maker: a. 59 NIL) A maker is primarily liable: Effects of making the instrument. acquisition of the instrument by force. negotiation in breach of faith 10. illegality of contract where form or consideration is illegal 16. Mistake 12.
the instrument will be accepted or paid or both according to its tenor. lack of knowledge of the indorser as to any fact that would impair the validity or the value of the instrument must be subsisting all throughout.engages that he will pay according to the tenor of his acceptance . if payable to order of a third person – liable to the payee and to all subsequent parties b. b. c.a person not otherwise a party to an instrument places his signature in blank before delivery is liable as an indorser in the following manner: a. the genuineness of his signature and his capacity and authority to draw the instrument . 54. b. engages that on due presentment. 64 NIL) a. Warranties where negotiating by delivery or qualified endorsement: the instrument is genuine and in all respect what it purports to be the indorser has good title to it all prior parties had the capacity to contract indorser has no knowledge of any fact that would impair the validity or the value of the instrument. a drawer may insert an express stipulation to negative or limit his liability An acceptor is primarily liable By accepting the instrument. If the instrument is dishonored. if payable to order of the maker or drawer – liable to all parties subsequent to the maker or drawer c. relieves him of general obligation to pay if instrument is dishonored. admits the existence of the payee. the drawer will pay the amount thereof to the holder b.admits the existence of the drawer. Subsequent incapacity does not breach the warranty. if payable to bearer – liable to all parties subsequent to the maker or drawer d. a person Negotiating by Delivery warrants same as those of qualified indorser and extends to immediate transferees only - .COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law a. the capacity of such payee to indorse c. Limitations of warranties: -if by delivery – extends only to immediate transferee -warranty of capacity to contract does not apply to persons negotiating public or corporate securities (Sec. drawer or previous indorsers.resort to a person secondarily liable after default of person primarily liable a qualified indorser cannot raise the defense of a) forgery b) defect of his title or that it is void c) the incapacity of the maker. if signs for an accommodation party – liable to all parties subsequent to the payee (Sec. and the necessary proceedings on dishonor duly taken a. (Sec. but he is still liable for the warranties arising from instrument only up to warranties of general indorser the warranty is to the capacity of prior parties at the time the instrument was negotiated. a qualified Indorsement makes the indorser mere assignor of title of instrument. an acceptor: . 61 NIL) Notes on Section 61 53. 55.the existence of the payee and his then capacity indorse Irregular Indorser . will pay to any subsequent indorser who may be compelled to pay it. d. 65 NIL) Notes on Section 65 a qualified indorser is one who indorses without recourse or sans recourse recourse .
that the instrument at the time of his indorsement was valid and subsisting (Sec. presentment is necessary to charge persons secondarily liable otherwise they are discharged Acts needed to charge persons secondarily liable: a) presentment for payment/acceptance b) dishonor by non-payment/non-acceptance c) notice of dishonor to secondary parties Acts needed to charge persons secondarily liable in other cases: a) Protest for non-payment by the drawee b) protest for non-payment by the acceptor for honor Proper presentment: by the holder or an authorized person at a reasonable hour on a business day at a proper place to the person primarily liable or if absent to any person found at the place where presentment is made (sec.engages that the instrument will be accepted or paid or both according to its tenor on due presentment . or to a drawee or acceptor for payment. if payable at the special place. or acceptor. warranties extend in favor of a) a HDC b) persons who derive their title from HDC c) immediate transferees even if not HDC the indorser does not warrant the genuineness of the drawer’s signature general indorser is only secondarily liable General rule: Presentment for payment is not necessary to charge persons primarily liable on the instrument. the he has good title to it c. E. b. consists of a) a personal demand for payment at a proper place b) the bill or note must be ready to be exhibited if required and surrendered upon payment. 66 NIL) In addition: .g maker and acceptors. c. only the holder or one authorized by him has the right to make presentment for payment presentment cannot be made on a Sunday or holiday presentment for payment is made to the maker. a. .engages to pay the amount thereof if it be dishonored and the necessary proceedings on dishonor are taken Notes on Section 66 57. the indorser under Section 66 warrants the solvency of a prior party the indorser warrants that the instrument is valid and subsisting regardless of whether he is ignorant of that fact or not. Presentment for payment is necessary to charge the drawer and indorsers. the instrument is genuine and in all respect what it purports to be b.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law 56. (Sec 70 NIL) Notes on Section 70 presentation for payment – production of a BOE to the drawee for his acceptance. and the person liable is willing to pay there at maturity. Warranties of a general indorser: a. parties primarily liable – persons by the terms of the instrument are absolutely required to pay the same. 72 NIL) Notes on Section 72 - 58. such willingness and ability is equivalent to tender of payment. all prior parties had the capacity to contract d. Not to the person secondarily liable. They can be sued directly. Also presentment of a PN to the party liable for payment of the same. d.
All other parties secondarily liable are discharged. he has no right to expect b. he has no reason to expect that the instrument will be paid if presented (Sec. 59. 80 when excused under Sec. 65.Section 79 and 80 Notes on Section 79 and 80 - 60. the drawee is a fictitious person (Sec 82 NIL) Notes on Section 82 what is excused is the failure to make presentment. Requisites for payment in due course: made at or after the maturity of the instrument to the holder in good faith without notice of any defect in the holder’s title (sec. 80 NIL) General rule: Presentment for payment necessary to charge persons secondarily liable otherwise they are discharged: Exception: . - 66. 64. . 82 when the instrument has been dishonored by non-acceptance under Sec. presentment is waived c. 83 NIL) Effects of dishonor by non-payment: an immediate right of recourse to all parties secondarily liable accrues to the holder. b. presentment cannot be made b. b. d. 62. a. Presentment not required to charge the drawer: a. only the drawer or indorser are not discharged. c. Summary of rules as to presentment for payment: presentment not necessary to charge persons primarily liable necessary to charge persons secondarily liable except: the drawer under Sec.presentment must be made within reasonable time after last negotiation. There is no need to make any presentment versus under section 81 (delay in presentment) presentment for payment is still required after the cause of delay has ceased. after due diligence. (Sec. Liability becomes the same as that of the original obligors. Presentment for payment excused if: a. 61. a. 83 How dishonored by non-acceptance: the instrument was duly presented but payment is refused or cannot be obtained presentment is excused and the instrument is overdue and unpaid (Sec. he has no right to require that the drawee or acceptor will pay (Sec 79 NIL) Presentment not required to charge the indorser where: a. 84 NIL) Notes on Section 84 parties cease to be secondarily liable and become principal debtors. 88 NIL) 63. the instrument was made or accepted for his accommodation b. 79 the indorser under Sec.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law if the instrument is payable on demand – a) if it is a note – presentment must be made within reasonable time after issue b) if it is a bill .
109) b. d. by or on behalf or the holder b. may be written or oral (Sec. Notice of Dishonor . 113) 72. delay may be excused (Sec. b. presentment is not waived Where presentment is waived. drawer and each indorser. (Sec. Not necessary to Drawer (Sec. Exceptions: a. Instances when Notice of Dishonor Not Necessary to Drawer drawer and drawee same person drawee is a fictitious/incapacitated person drawer is the person to whom presentment for payment is made drawer has no right to expect that the drawee will accept/pay the instrument (Sec. 111 NIL) Notes on Section 111 Where notice is waived. before the time of giving notice has arrived b. Notice: a. Not necessary to Indorser (Sec. 96) b. 96) Notice may be waived either expressly or implied: a. may be by personal delivery or by mail (Sec. 70. 71.to a holder who having taken it up would have a right of reimbursement from the party to whom notice is given. after the omission to give due notice (Sec.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law Notes on Section 88 67. written notice need not be signed or may be supplemented by verbal communication (Sec. c. 90 NIL) 68. 114 NIL) 73.if notice is delayed. Waiver (Sec. notice and presentment is waived 69.deemed a waiver of presentment and notice of dishonor as well (Sec. 114) d. notice is also waived Where protest is waived. Notice is dispensed (Sec. 95) c. 109 NIL) Protest may be waived: Effects: . 115) . 112) c. payment must be made to the possessor of the instrument possession of the note by the maker is presumptive evidence that it has been paid Notice of Dishonor may be given: a. by or on behalf of any party who: . Instances when Notice Not Required to Indorser a. drawee was a fictitious/incapacitated person and the indorser was aware of such at the time of indorsement . that the instrument was dishonored by non-acceptance or nonpayment by the drawee/maker General rule: Any drawer or indorser to whom such notice is not given is discharged. a.given by the holder to the parties secondarily liable.is a party to the instrument and might be compelled to pay the instrument .
c. b. 117 NIL) Protest only necessary for a foreign bill of exchange. d. d. Protest for other negotiable instruments is optional. 122 NIL) Notes on Section 122 if renounced in favor of a party secondarily liable. 78. it is absolute and unconditional b. indorser is the person to whom instrument was presented for payment c. f. a.and instrument cannot be renegotiated where is was made or accepted for accommodation and it has been paid by the party accommodated. e. c. a.an instrument cannot be renegotiated where it is payable to order of a 3rd person and has been paid by the drawer . made at or after maturity of the instrument d. in writing or the instrument is delivered up to the person primarily liable (Sec. payment by an accommodation party does not discharge the instrument. Causes of Discharge of the Instrument payment by the debtor payment by accommodated party intentional cancellation by holder of instrument any other act discharging a simple monetary obligation debtor becomes holder of the instrument at/after maturity in his own right ( Sec 119 NIL) Notes on Section 119 - discharge of the instrument discharges all the parties thereto payment must be in due course. e. Renunciation by a holder discharges an instrument when: a. (Sec. Omission to give notice of dishonor by non-acceptance doe not prejudice a HDC (Sec. instrument made/accepted for his accommodation (Sec.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law b. payment only cancels the liability of the payor and those obligated after him but does not discharge the instrument. 78. 115 NIL) 74. and by the principal debtor or on his behalf if payment is not made by the principal debtor. b. 118 NIL) 76. 75. - Exception: . only he is exonerated from liability and all parties subsequent to him . Discharge of Secondary Parties: any act discharging the instrument cancellation of indorser’s signature by indorsers discharge of prior party tender of payment by prior party release of principal debtor extension of payment by the holder/postponement of right to enforce without assent of secondary parties and without reservation of right of recourse against secondary parties (Sec 120 NIL) Rights of a party secondarily liable who pays: the instrument is not discharge the party is remitted to his former rights as to all prior parties the party may strike out his own and all subsequent indorsements the party may negotiate the instrument again 77. made in favor of a person primarily liable c.
refuse to accept a qualified acceptance and may treat it as dishonored (Sec. actual b. where the drawee to whom the bill has been delivered destroys it b.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law 79. dates b. may be enforced according to its original tenor Notes on Section 124 80. (Sec. where the drawer and the drawee are one and the same b. It is an act by which a person on whom the BOE is drawn assents to the request of the drawer to pay it.in writing .must not express the drawee will perform his promise by any other means than payment of money . treat it as if dishonored (Sec. 142) 88. the party who has made the alteration b. where the drawee is a fictitious person c. c. Under Section 125 the following changes are considered material alterations: a. 140) d. adding a place of payment where no place is specified g. there is no distinction between fraudulent and innocent alteration Material Alteration – an alternation is said to be material if it alters the effect of the instrument. 132 NIL) Acceptance may be: a. Acceptance is the signification by the drawee of his assent to the order of the drawer. qualified (Sec. (Sec. Constructive Acceptance: a. discharge by novation is allowed General rule: When materially altered. where the drawee has no capacity to contract (Sec. A holder has the right: a. any other which alters the affect of the instrument Instances where a BOE may be treated as a PN: a. number or relations of the parties e.if in the hands of a HDC. 130 NIL) The holder has the option to treat it as a BOE or a PN 81. subsequent indorsers Exception: . medium or currency for payment f. constructive c. time and place of payment d. the drawee refuses within 24 hrs after such delivery or within such time as is given.signed by the drawee . 82. the party who authorized or assented to the alteration. 133) b. 137 NIL) Notes on Section 137 . 141) Requisites of actual acceptance: . without the consent of all parties liable. require that acceptance be written on the bill and if refused. the instrument is avoided except as against: a.communicated or delivered to the holder 87. the sum payable c. general (Sec. to return the bill accepted or not.
if the bill is drawn payable elsewhere than the residence or place of business of the drawee (Sec.inland bills and notes may also be protested if desired Protest is required: a. 90. 143) c. 148) 90. incapacitated person.the bill is not overdue at the time of the acceptance for honor . hides. it means all steps or acts accompanying the dishonor of a bill or note necessary to charge an indorser required when the instrument is a foreign bill of exchange. refused to accept it b. when presentment is excused: drawee is dead. bill payable other than place of drawee (Sec. by a notary/respectable citizen of the place in the presence of 2 credible witnesses so recourse to secondary parties 91. 144) b. where the drawee of the bill has: a. it must be made on the same date of dishonor. where the foreign bill is dishonored by non acceptance b. if it is expressly stipulated that it shall be presented for acceptance c. it must be protested for non-payment before it is presented for payment to the acceptor for honor d. is fictitious. Acceptance for Honor (Sec. 143 NIL) Notes on Section 143 Presentment is the production of a BOE to the drawee for his acceptance in on order case is presentment necessary to make parties liable. in which it is declare that the some was presented for payment or acceptance (as the case may be) and such was refused. where bill expressly stipulates presentment. where the bill has been accepted for honor. General rule: Protest is required only for foreign bills Exception: . after due diligence presentment cannot be made.formal statement in writing made by a notary under his seal of office at the request of the holder. 161 NIL)– an acceptance of a bill made by a stranger to it before maturirty. necessary to fix maturity date. where the foreign bill is dishonored by non-payment c. and the bill has been protested for non-acceptance c. mere retention is equivalent to acceptance 89.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law drawee becomes primarily liable as an acceptor. if necessary to fix the maturity of the bill b. where the bill contains a referee in case of need. When presentment for acceptance is necessary: a. Summary on presentment for acceptance of Bills of Exchange: a. it must be protested for non payment before presentment for payment to the referee in case of need (Sec. to make the drawee primarily liable and for the accrual of secondary liability (Sec. 152) Notes on Section 152 Protest .the bill must have been previously protested a) for non-acceptance b) or for better security . presentment is refused on another ground although presentment is irregular (Sec. or where the bill has been protested for better security Requisites for acceptance for honor: .
protest for non-payment b. b. Bills in Set . any person may pay supra protest Form for payment of honor: a.bill of exchange drawn in several parts. drawee. each part of the set being numbered and containing a reference to the other parts. or form an extension to it. in writing and indicated that it is an acceptance for honor b. signed by the person making the acceptance (Sec. the whole of the parts just constituting one bill (Sec 178 NIL) . or indorser or somebody else. 162 NIL) 93. payment must be attested by notarial act appended to the protest. notarial act of honor must be based on a declaration by the payer for honor 94.payment made through a notarial act of honor of a party liable/stranger to the bill after bill has been dishonored by non-payment by the acceptor and protested for non-payment by the holder Requisites: a. How acceptance for honor is made: a. 164) 92. Payment for Honor . Acceptor for honor is liable to the holder and to all the parties to the bill subsequent to the party for whose honor he has accepted (Sec.COMMERCIAL LAW MEMORY AID Negotiable Instruments Law the acceptor for honor must be a stranger to the bill the holder must give his consent Notes on Acceptance for Honor Purpose: to save the credit of the parties to the instrument or some party to it as the drawer.