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Seaver v. Ransom
Citation:224 N.Y. 233, 120 N.E. 639 (1918)
Judge Beman and his wife were advanced in years. Mrs. Beman was about to die. Judge Beman drew his wife’s will according to her instructions. It gave $1,000 to plaintiff, $500 to one sister, and $100 each to another sister and her son, the use of the house to her husband for life. She named her husband as residuary legatee and executor. Plaintiff was her niece. When the will was read to Mrs. Beman, she said that it was not as she wanted it. She wanted to leave the house to plaintiff. Although the judge offered to write another will for her, she said she was afraid she would not hold out long enough to enable her to sign it. So the judge said, if she would sign the will, he would leave plaintiff enough in his will to make up the difference. When the judge came to die, it was found that his will made no provision for the plaintiff. Plaintiff brought an action to recover the value of the house.
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