Wills Trusts & Estates keyed to Dukeminier
In re Estate of Kuralt
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Approximately six years after Kuralt married Suzanne Baird, he met Pat Shannon. From 1968 until 1997, Kuralt and Shannon enjoyed a long intimate relationship. Kuralt financially supported Shannon and her children. In 1985, Shannon moved into a log cabin that Kuralt had built for the two of them in Montana. Kuralt deeded his interest in the original 20-acre parcel of the cabin to Shannon during the last few months of his life. Kuralt supplied the purchase price for the 20-acre parcel. After the deed was filed, Shannon sent Kuralt, at his request, a blank buy-sell real estate form so that the remaining 90 acres along the Big Hole where the cabin was situated could be conveyed to Shannon in the same way. However, Kuralt became suddenly ill. Kuralt wrote a letter to Shannon in June of 1997 and enclosed two checks for $8,000 and $9,000. In the 1997 letter, Kuralt described his worsening medical condition and told Shannon that he would have a lawyer visit him in the hospit al to be sure that she would inherit the remainder of the property in Montana. When Kuralt died, Shannon sought to probate the 1997 letter.
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