Non est factum

Non est factum The term comes from Latin and is used for “this is not his deed” and a special defense in civil court proceedings to allow a person to avoid having to respect a contract that she or he signed because of certain reasons such as a mistake as to the kind of contract. For example, a person who signs away the deed to a house, thinking that the document signed was only a guarantee for another person’s debt, might be able to plead non est factum in a court and on that basis get the court to void the contract.

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