material alteration


material alteration
A change in the terms of a written instrument which gives it a legal effect different from that which it originally had. Barton Sav. Bank & Trust Co. v Stephenson, 87 Vt 433, 89 A 639. An intentional act performed upon an instrument after it has been fully executed, by one of the parties thereto, without the consent of the other, which changes the legal effect of the instrument in any respect. O. N. Bull Remedy Co. v Clark, 109 Minn 396, 124 NW 20. An alteration of an instrument which destroys the identity of the instrument or of the contract evidenced thereby, or which so changes its terms as to give it different legal effect from that which it originally had, and thus works some change in the rights, obligations, interest, or relations of the party. 4 Am J2d Alt Inst § 5. The completion of an executed but incomplete instrument, in a manner other than is authorized, so as to change the contract. UCC § 3-115(a). Elimination of words which had no legal effect at the time the contract was signed and delivered is not a material alteration. Cities Service Oil Co. v Viering, 404 111 538, 89 NE2d 392, 13 ALR2d 1448. An instrument is "materially altered" if the change increases the liability of, or injuriously affects, a party or parties. Newman v Cover, 300 Pa 267, 150 A 595.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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