Friday, October 24, 2008

Difference between a negotiable and a nonnegotiable instrument

Negotiable instruments must meet certain requirements established by Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code. An instrument that does not meet these requirements is not a negotiable instrument and is subject to contract law.According to the UCC 3-104(a), a negotiable instrument must:

Be in writing
Be signed by the maker or drawer
Be an unconditional promise or order to pay
State a fixed amount of money
Not require any undertaking in addition to the payment of money
Be payable on demand or at a definite time
Be payable to order or bearer

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