I hadn't read anything about this before and haven't been able to find anything helpful online. Can a section of a contract that's several short paragraphs be deemed a separate contract that requires separate consideration apart from the main contract?
Generally, a contract is considered from the beginning to the end as one document needing consideration only once, but the terms of the contract may change that. Without reviewing the contact in question my guess to your question is no, it does not require separate consideration. Nobody can say for certain without reviewing the contact. If you are in doubt, you should have an attorney review the contact and advise you accordingly. Good luck.
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Some jurisdictions will take a particular provision in a contract and make the provision unenforceable while the rest of the contract remains enforceable.
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A contract might call for the execution of a separate agreement. For example, a contract to sell the assets of a business might require the purchaser to execute a separate promissory note and security agreement. Generally, however, if the obligation is contained in the contract, it simply would be considered part of the contract and not a separate contract requiring separate consideration.
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