Legal Definition of Tender: Everything You Need to Know
A tender is an offer to do or perform an act which the party offering, is bound to perform to the party to whom the offer is made.3 min read
Legal Definition of Tender
A tender is an offer to do or perform an act which the party offering, is bound to perform to the party to whom the offer is made. A tender may be of money or of specific articles; these will be separately considered.
Prerequisites For Making a Valid Tender
Of the lender of money. To make a valid tender the following requisites are necessary:
- It must be made by a person capable of paying, for if it be made by a stranger without the consent of the debtor, it will be insufficient.
- It must be made to the creditor having capacity to receive it, or to his authorized agent.
- The whole sum due must be offered, in the lawful coin of the United States, or foreign coin made current by law and the offer must be unqualified by any circumstance whatever.
- But a tender in bank notes, if not objected to on that account, will be good. But in such case, the amount tendered must be what is due exactly, for a tender of a five dollar note, demanding change, would not be a good tender of four dollars. And a tender was held good when made by a check contained in a letter, requesting a receipt in return which the plaintiff sent back demanding a larger sum, without objecting to the nature of the tender. When stock is to be tendered, everything must be done by the debtor to enable him to transfer it, but it is not absolutely requisite that it should be transferred.
- If a term had been stipulated in favor of a creditor, it must be expired; the offer should be made at the time agreed upon for the performance of the contract if made afterwards, it only goes in mitigation of damages, provided it be made before suit brought. The tender ought to be made before day-light is entirely gone.
- The condition on which the debt was contracted must be fulfilled.
- The tender must be made at the place agreed upon for the payment, or, if there be no place appointed for that purpose, then to the creditor or his authorized agent.
Properly Made Tenders
When a tender has been properly made, it is a complete defense to the action but the benefit of a tender is lost, if the creditor afterwards demand the thing due from the debtor, and the latter refuse to pay it.
Of the tender of specific articles. It is a rule that specific articles maybe tendered at some particular place, and not, like money, to the person of the creditor wherever found. When no place is expressly mentioned in the contract, the place of delivery is to be ascertained by the intent of the parties, to be collected from the nature of the case and its circumstances. If, for example, the contract is for delivery of goods from the seller to the buyer on demand, the former being the manufacturer of the goods or a dealer in them, no place being particularly named, the manufactory or store of the seller will be considered as the place intended, and a tender there will be sufficient. When the specific articles are at another place at the time of sale, which will be the place of delivery.
When the goods are cumbrous, and the place of delivery is not designated, nor to be inferred from the circumstances, it is presumed that it was intended that they should be delivered at any place which the creditor might reasonably appoint; if the creditor refuses, or names an unreasonable place, the debtor may select a proper place, and having given notice to the creditor, deliver the goods there.