This section is from the book "Cyclopedia Of Architecture, Carpentry, And Building", by James C. et al. Also available from Amazon: Cyclopedia Of Architecture, Carpentry And Building.
Contracts which involve personal services, where the element of individuality is important, cannot be assigned, and the estate of the person whose services are contracted for cannot be held to the contract. If, therefore, an architect dies, his contract for services is terminated. In general, however, a contract is assignable, and both the benefit and the burden of it pass to a man's estate. In case of bankruptcy of a contracting party, therefore, an ordinary contract passes to the assignee or trustee. It should be considered in drawing a contract whether a provision is not wanted making bankruptcy, or death, of of one or either of the parties, terminate the contract.