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Seaver v. Ransom
Citation:Court of Appeals of New York, 1918. 224 N.Y. 233, 120 N.E. 639.
Seaver (Plaintiff) was the niece of Judge Beman. Judge Beman’s wife was dying, and he drafted her will according to her instructions- giving $1000 to plaintiff, $500 to Ms. Beman’s sister, $100 each to another sister and her son, and the house to her husband for life, with the remainder to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. After reviewing the will, Ms. Beman decided to leave the house to plaintiff, but she feared she would die before another will could be executed, so Judge Beman promised her he would bequeath to plaintiff in his own will a sum equal to the value of the home. When Judge Beman died it was discovered that the will contained no such gift to plaintiff. Matt Ransom (Defendant) was the executor of Beman’s estate.
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