More information can be found in our comprehensive contracting guide. A conditional contract is an agreement that is used when no service could be provided at the time the contract was signed. It sets a date when benefits will be provided if certain conditions are met. While trade and exchange rules have existed since antiquity, modern contractual laws have been traceable in the West since the Industrial Revolution (1750), when more and more people were working in factories for cash wages. In particular, the growing strength of the British economy and the adaptability and flexibility of the English common law have led to a rapid evolution of English contract law. The colonies within the British Empire (including the United States and the Dominions) would pass the law of the motherland. During the 20th century, the growth of export trade led countries to adopt international conventions such as the Hague-Visby rules and the Un Convention on International Goods Contracts to promote uniform rules. An exception arises when advertising makes a unilateral promise, such as offering a reward, as decided in the famous case of Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co, in 19th century England. The company, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, proposed a smokeball that, if it sniffed “three times a day for two weeks,” would prevent users from catching the “flu.” If the smokeball does not prevent “the flu, the company promised that it would pay $100 to the user, adding that they deposited “$1000 in the Alliance bank to show our sincerity in the file.” When Ms. Carlill complained about the money, the company argued that the complaint should not be considered a serious and legally binding offer; instead, it was a “simple mess”; However, the Court of Appeal found that Carbolic had made a serious offer to a reasonable man and found that the reward was a contractual undertaking. There was a time when Florida companies could do business with each other by communicating their agreement on the terms of a transaction. Today, agreements and contracts are much more complicated, although the laws that govern them have not changed much over the years. Regardless of this, contracts and agreements for entrepreneurs are at the heart of many organizational relationships.
Therefore, it is important to understand some important differences if you are trying to impose or be injured. An experienced economic litigation lawyer can tell you more about how contract law applies in Florida in your case, and some background information can be helpful. Each contracting party must be a “competent person” with the force of law. The parties may be individuals (“individuals”) or legal entities (“companies”). An agreement is reached if an “offer” is adopted. The parties must intend to be legally connected; and to be valid, the agreement must have both a correct “form” and a legitimate purpose. In England (and in jurisdictions using the principles of the English treaty), the parties must also exchange “counterparties” to create a “reciprocity of engagement,” as in Simpkins/Country.  Silence is generally not considered an assumption unless it is clear that the hypothesis was intentional (z.B by behavior, such as the payment of a product).
What is acceptable depends on the nature of the contract. An agreement can only mean that one party accepts the offer of another party. Since this scenario does not involve any consideration, it is not a contract. Other common examples of non-contract agreements are gentlemen`s agreements and unlicensed betting pools.