QUESTION: Dear Legal Wiz.
I came across your column and am seeking your advise.
I made an agreement with a builder back home in Jamaica. The agreement is that the builder will build a house for me, and I give him a piece of land after its completion. At this point, the house is not competed and the builder is using my money for his purpose.
I signed a note saying that I would give him a lot of land, but I did not specify that the house must be completed in the note.
Is our agreement legal, if so, am I still liable to provide this builder a lot of land?
RESPONSE: Dear Troy,
Please appreciate that the information you supplied is limited. Please give more details in response to the following:
1. How was the agreement made – orally or written?
2. Was a contract drafted? If so, where can I see a copy of it?
3. Are you all only relying on what was written in that ‘note’?
4. How can I see a copy of that note?
5. Was it that the payment is to be a parcel of land, and monies sent are strictly for construction?
6. By what means do you regulate the appropriation of your funds sent, tallying and work executed or materials bought?