My ex-buisness partner and I had a fall out, before the fall-out he had a RV that he needed sold and was having trouble doing so. He then told me in person that if i help him sell it, that he would buy a laptop that i needed for school. Well the RV sold, he bought the laptop and now that he and i have had a falling out he now wants the laptop back. Do i legally have to give him the laptop? all my school work is on it and along with a bunch of personal files, had i known this would have been an item that could have been taken back i would not have put my personal info on it. Him and i had gotten into a fight before and he had tried pulling the "give me back the laptop" then but we made up and it was then he told me it was a "bestfriend gift" for helping him out and i need not worry about giving him a laptop he bought for his best friend for school. the issue im having is proving it to be a gift versus a loan.
You and your friend made a contract and the laptop was the "currency" in the contract or the "consideration" for the services you rendered. So he can try and sue, but he will likely lose. Just don't give him the laptop and I doubt he'll spend the money to sue.
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First, moving this to a better category. Otherwise, the same problems with evidence that you are having, he will too. If it was a gift, it is yours.
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It sounds like a great small claims case where the Judge will decide that question
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