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Also describe its usage and the involvement of the parties concerned. Promissory note is a written, dated and signed two-party instrument containing an unconditional promise by the maker to pay a definite sum of money to a payee on demand or at a specified future date. After collecting a promissory note I can explain the broadly the feature and usage of this.
(A) Features of a Promissory Note
The promissory note must be in writing- Mere verbal promises or oral undertaking does
not constitute a promissory note. The intention of the maker of the note should be signified by writing in clear words on the instrument itself that he undertakes to pay a particular sum of money to the payee or order or to the bearer
It must contain an express promise or clear undertaking to pay- The promise to pay
must be expressed. It cannot be implied or inferred. A mere acknowledgment of indebtness is not enough.
The promise to pay must be definite and unconditional- The promise to pay contained
in the note must be unconditional. If the promise to pay is coupled with a condition, it is not a promissory note.
The maker of the pro-note must be certain- The instrument should show on the fact of it
as to who exactly is liable to pay. The name of the maker should be written clearly and ascertainable on seeing the document.
It should be signed by the maker- Unless the maker signs the instrument, it is incomplete
and of no legal effect. Therefore, the person who promises to pay must sign the instrument even though it might have been written by the promisor himself.
pay money and money only.The date of a promissory note is not material unless the amount is made payable at particular time after date. The payee must be ascertained by name or by designation. The advantage of promissory notes to a business man is that he can use them to pay his own debts or to get money from a note broker or at a bank. or does not wish to do so. etc. This is but a promise to pay B either on demand or at some fixed or determinable future time. • • Demand.The money must be payable to a definite person or according to his order. The promise cannot be extended to payments in the form of goods. • The payee must be certain. interest must be paid at the rate from the date of the instrument. foreign exchange.e. Even then. Suppose A buys from B $1. The seller is not compelled to accept a promissory note. shares. legal tender money. The business reputation of the buyer is of much importance to a man in deciding whether he will accept a promissory note from him or not. However to calculate the interest or fixing the date of maturity or lm\imitation period the date is essential. That is. it cannot be sued upon till ostensible date. It also sets a specific date for payment. Or he may himself have a promissory note issued by C.The promissory note may be payable on demand or after a certain definite period The rate of interest. The written promise is better than a verbal one because it is easier to prove in court. just as it is to a bank when the man wishes to get money from it.The promissory note should contain a promise to certain or not vague.000 worth of merchandise. When of time. it must not be capable of contingent additions or subtractions. the absence of date does not invalidate the pro-note and the date of execution can be independently proved. But it cannot be made payable either to bearer or to the maker himself.The amount undertaken to be paid must be definite or The promise should be to pay money. and dishonor of a note is more feared by the business man than mere slowness in payment of an open account. . he may give B his promissory note. the instrument itself specifies the rate of interest payable on the amount mentioned it. bonds.It is unusual to mention in it the rated of interest per annum.• • The amount must be certain.. • It should be dated. If he is not able to pay in cash. It may be ante-dated or post-dated. If post-dated. Uses of Promissory Notes It is used for the definite sum of money either on demand or at a specified or ascertainable future date. He may indorse this and give it to B and pay for his own debt in this way. i.
He becomes an acceptor when he indicates his willingness to pay the bill. Features of Bill of Exchange: A bill of exchange is an instrument in writing. He is the person to whom the bill is addressed and who is ordered to pay. • The order must be to pay money and money only. • It must be signed by the maker or drawer. • The sum payable must be specific. A bill of exchange requires in its inception three parties—the drawer. The person who draws the bill is called the drawer. the drawer may draw on himself payable to his own order. bills of exchange were a common means of exchange. Bills of exchange are used primarily in international trade. defined as a bill of exchange drawn on a banker and payable on demand. the drawee. Prior to the advent of paper currency. The parties need not all be distinct persons. regardless of any counterclaims that may . The party upon whom the bill is drawn is called the drawee.Question 2: Collect two samples of Bill of Exchange. A bill of exchange is essentially an order made by one person to another to pay money to a third person. who may in turn endorse it to a fourth. He gives the order to pay money to the third party. usage and the responsibilities of the parties concerned. and so on indefinitely. Describe its features. • The money must be payable to a definite person or to his order or to the bearer. and the payee. There is no condition attached to it. They are not used as often today. • It contains an unconditional order. and are written orders by one person to his bank to pay the bearer a specific sum on a specific date. The "holder in due course" may claim the amount of the bill against the drawee and all previous endorsers. A common type of bill of exchange is the cheque (check in American English). A bill of exchange may be endorsed by the payee in favour of a third party. Unsigned document will not be legally valid. Thus. The party in whose favor the bill is drawn or is payable is called the payee. Usage and responsibilities of Bill of Exchange: • A bill of exchange or "draft" is a written order by the drawer to the drawee to pay money to the payee.
or of two parallel transverse lines simply. and to be crossed to that banker. and the cheque shall be deemed to be crossed specially. either with or without the words 'Not Negotiable'.have disabled the previous payee or endorser from doing so. . and the cheque shall be deemed to be crossed generally. either with or without the words 'Not Negotiable'. • General Crossing • Special Crossing • Account Payee or Restrictive Crossing • 'Not Negotiable' Crossing Cheque crossed generally Where a cheque bears across its face an addition of the words 'and company' or any abbreviation thereof. In this type of crossing the collecting banker is supposed to credit the amount of the cheque to the account of the payee only. between two parallel transverse lines. Account Payee or Restrictive Crossing This crossing can be made in both general and special crossing by adding the words Account Payee. There are some following different kinds of crossing cheque in where we are discussing the implementation of the cheques. that addition shall be deemed a crossing. The same can be done by place slanted parallel line in the top most left corner of the cheque . The collecting banker must act like a blood hound and make proper enquiries as to the title of the last endorsee from the original payee named in the cheque before collecting an 'Account Payee' cheque in his account. Not Negotiable Crossing The words 'Not Negotiable' can be added to General as well as Special crossing and a crossing with these words is known as Not Negotiable crossing. the transferee of such a crossed cheque cannot get a better title than that of the transferor (cannot become a holder in due course) and cannot convey a better title to his own transferee. Cheque crossed specially Where a cheque bears across its face an addition of the name of a banker. The cheque remains transferable but the liability of the collecting banker is enhanced in case he credits the proceeds of the cheque so crossed to any person other than the payee and the endorsement in favour of the last payee is proved forged. This is what is meant by saying that a bill is negotiable. that addition shall be deemed a crossing. Question 3: Elucidate the implications of different kinds of crossing of cheque. The effect of such a crossing is that it removes the most important characteristic of a negotiable instrument i.e.in writing over their A/C payee's only.This is called special crossed cheque. though the instrument remains transferable.