Wills Trusts & Estates keyed to Dukeminier
Stevens v. Casdorph
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The Casdorphs took Homer Haskell to Shawnee Bank in Dunbar, East Virgina to execute his will. Haskell asked Debra Pauley a bank employee and public notary to witness the execution. First, Haskell signed the will. Then Pauley took the will to two other bank employees, Ms. Waldron and Ms. Ginn to sign as witnesses. Both ladies testified in their depositions they did not see Haskell sign and Haskell did not go to with Pauley to the ladies’ work areas. Haskell died on July 28, 1996. Haskell named Paul Casdorph his executor and left the bulk of his estate to the Casdorphs. The evidence at the trial court found that everyone in the bank knew why Haskell was there. Furthermore, the court did not find any evidence of fraud, coercion, or undue influence. The Stevens’, Haskell’s nieces who would share in his intestate estate, filed an action to set aside the will.
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