(iii) Special characteristics

Finally under 'Parties', list any special characteristics the parties may have. For example, consider whether any of the following descriptions apply.

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  • a bankrupt
  • disabled
  • elderly
  • a foreign citizen
  • indigent
  • mentally incompetent
  • a minor

Table 15: Parties—special characteristics (examples)

Facts about the parties' special characteristics sometimes raise issues about:

  • capacity (for example, a party may be too young to enter into a contract)
  • consent (for example, informed consent for medical treatment of mentally disabled people)
  • knowledge (for example, whether a child knew the dangers of boarding a moving train)
  • questions about unconscionability and undue influence

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