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Davis v. Jacoby
Citation:34 P.2d 1026 (1934)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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After the death of Mrs. Whitehead, for the first time it was discovered that the information contained in Mr. Whitehead’s letter of March 30, 1931, in reference to the contents of his and Mrs. Whitehead’s wills was incorrect. By a duly witnessed will dated February 28, 1931, Mr. Whitehead, after making several specific bequests, had bequeathed all of the balance of his estate to his wife for life, and upon her death to respondents Geoff Doubble and Rupert Ross Whitehead, his nephews. Neither appellant was mentioned in his will. It was also discovered that Mrs. Whitehead by a will dated December 17, 1927, had devised all of her estate to her husband. The relationship existing between Whitehead and his two nephews, respondents herein, was not nearly as close and confidential as that existing between Whitehead and appellants. After the discovery of the manner in which the property had been devised was made, this action was commenced upon the theory that Rupert Whitehead had assumed a contractual obligation to make a will whereby Caro Davis would inherit everything; that he had failed to do so; that plaintiffs had fully performed their part of the contract; that damages being insufficient, specific performance should be granted.
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