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Thank you for your enquiry. My name is ***** ***** I am a Solicitor. Verbal contracts are enforceable provided that they can be supported by evidence. Unfortunately, as the money claim you seek to enforce relates to a debt owed by a deceased person and you have not indicated that there is any documentary evidence to prove that this contract existed then this will be a very difficult case.
What you could do is as follows:
1. send written correspondence to the ex by text, email or letter and make reference to your discussion about the amount owed. in your letter be very clear about the date you had the conversation, the debt it relates to and the amount promised.
2. The response from the ex will be very important because if he does not dispute the accuracy of the details contained in your letter then you are in a stronger position to prove that there was an intention for both parties to enter into a verbal contract.
The main thing that you would need to show is that you have relied on the promise to your detriment. My view is that it is best to try and resolve this without entering into court proceedings. As the Claimant the onus is entirely on you to prove your case so you will need to gather as much documentary evidence as possible to support your claim.
Thank you. My advice would be to request a copy of your call records from your phone company and isolate these two calls as best that you can. In your formal letter make clear reference to these calls and what was discussed during them.