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The decision by the Supreme Court of Massachusetts changed the law in that state regarding contracts between unmarried individuals living together. It serves as a good review of many contract law principles. Read the case, then in a short paper answer the specific questions.

1. On what occasion would the court's early decision preclude the enforcement of any agreement between unmarried parties?
2. What was required in more recent decisions for oral promises between unmarried cohabitants to be valid?
3. Why does the court believe it should recognize the benefits tobe gained by encouraging unmarried cohabitants to enter into written agreements?
4. What is the theory of the cases holding that express agreements between adult unmarried persons living together are enforceable?
5. What view does the court adopt regarding contracts of unmarried cohabitants?

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Wilcox v. Trautz, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts 693 N.E2d 141 (MA)
The decision by the Supreme Court of Massachusetts changed the law in that state regarding contracts between unmarried individuals living together. It serves as a good review of many contract law principles. Read the case, then in a short paper answer the specific questions.

1. On what occasion would the court's early decision preclude the enforcement of any agreement between unmarried parties?
2. What was required in more recent decisions for oral promises between unmarried cohabitants to be valid?
3. Why does the court believe it should recognize the benefits tobe gained by encouraging unmarried cohabitants to enter into written agreements?
4. What is the theory of the cases holding that express agreements between adult ...

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Wilcox v. Trautz, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts 693 N.E2d 141 (MA)
The decision by the Supreme Court of Massachusetts changed the law in that state regarding contracts between unmarried individuals living together. It serves as a good review of many contract law principles. Read the case, then in a short paper answer the specific questions.

1. On what occasion would the court's early decision preclude the enforcement of any agreement between unmarried parties?
2. What was required in more recent decisions for oral promises between unmarried cohabitants to be valid?
3. Why does the court believe it should recognize the benefits tobe gained by encouraging unmarried cohabitants to enter into written agreements?
4. What is the theory of the cases holding that express agreements between adult unmarried persons living together are enforceable?
5. What view does the court adopt regarding contracts of unmarried cohabitants?

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