Property Law Keyed to Dukeminier
Newman v. Bost
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The Plaintiff, the housekeeper of the deceased, files suit against the administrator of the deceased’s estate, claiming the Defendant had converted items that the deceased had gifted to her in contemplation of his death. Among these items, were a life insurance policy and other valuable papers in the deceased drawer. Close to the interstate’s death, he had called the Plaintiff into his room and given her keys and told her to take them and keep them and to have everything in the house. One of the keys the Plaintiff had received unlocked the deceased’s bureau drawer that contained important papers and his life insurance policy. The court determined that the Plaintiff did not receive the life insurance policy or important papers in the bureau drawer as the deceased had been capable of delivering these items to her and he did not, thus actual manual delivery did not occur.
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