The pactum ut minus solvatur and the maior pars in classical law.
Marc Aurel established the institution of a creditors’ meeting, the purpose of which was to find a composition agreement between all creditors and the debtor’s heir. Such a debt cut required a majority decision of those creditors present at the meeting. Without discretion, the praetor had to follow this majority decision. His decretum and thus the quota agreed upon were binding even for dissenting creditors and those not present at the meeting.
E.C. Silveira MarchiConcorso de Credores e pactum ut minus solvatur2. Aufl. Lecce 1999 S. 19 23. Eine andere für den Erben riskantere Abrede bestand in der Festlegung einer betrags- oder anteilsmäßigen Obergrenze für die eigene Haftung; s. auch Silveira Marchi Considerações (supra n. 4) S. 474 ff.