The Twelfth Court of Appeals recently held that lack of consideration is an affirmative defense that must be plead.  In this case involving a will contest, the court reversed an order granting a no-evidence motion for summary judgment on the basis that the agreement at issue lacked consideration.  The court ruled that consideration for a written instrument is presumed.  The Court also held, however, that lack of consideration is an affirmative defense.  Thus, the court concluded, it was improper for a movant to utilize a no-evidence motion regarding a claim on which the movant has the burden of proof.  The court’s opinion in Burges v. Mosley can be found here

In my opinion, there is a problem with treating lack of consideration as an affirmative defense.

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