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Masterson v. Sine
Citation:68 Cal.2d 222, 436 P.2d 561
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Dallas & Rebecca Masterson (collectively “the Mastersons”) (plaintiffs) conveyed their ranch to Medora & Lu Sine (collectively “the Sines”) (defendants). Medora was Dallas’ sister. The deed had an option clause stated: “Reserving unto the Grantors herein an option to purchase the above described property on or before February 25, 1968.” After Dallas went bankrupt, Rebecca—Dallas’ trustee in bankruptcy—sued to establish the right to enforce the option. At trial, the Sines unsuccessfully attempted to offer extrinsic evidence the parties wanted the property kept in the Masterson family, which made the option personal to the grantors and meant the option could not be exercised by the trustee in bankruptcy. The trial court excluded the Sines’ evidence and the Sines appealed.
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