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Whose property is it?

Lived with someone for almost 2 yrs. Bought RV it is
in my name. During a fight during one of our break
ups she said she would be living on the streets. Out
of quilt I said she could have RV even though I was
going to live in it. By me saying she could have it
does it make it hers. Title still in my name unless she
forged my signature

Asked on January 12, 2018 under Business Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

An oral contract ("oral," not "verbal," is the correct term for an unwritten agreement) is enforceable, BUT it must meet the requirements to be a contract. A contract requires an offer made by one person; acceptance of the offer by the second person; *and* an exchange of consideration--things or promises of value. EACH person must get something of value; if one person does not, there is no contract. So if you told her that you would sell her the RV in exchange for a certain amount (or trade it for a vehicle or other property of hers) and she agreed, that would be an enforceable agreement: you each were getting something. But if you promise to simply give her the RV without her paying for it, that is not a contact: you are not receiving any consideration. A non-contractual promise may be ignored or reneged upon: it is not legally binding.


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