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Sparks v. Gustafson
Citation:750 P.2d 338
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Ernie Gustafson (plaintiff) managed a building, the Nome Center, in which Robert Sparks, Sr. had purchased a one-half interest. When Sparks, Sr. died, Gustafson continued to manage the building and collect rents on behalf of Sparks, Sr.’s estate with the knowledge and approval of the executor, Robert Sparks, Jr. Under Gustafson’s management, the Nome Center operated at a loss and Gustafson had trouble meeting the necessary costs of the insurance, mortgage payments, utility bills, and repairs. Gustafson used some of his own funds to pay for Nome Center’s expenses and sent monthly reports, but these reports did not include all of his expenditures. Sparks, Sr.’s estate (defendant) later signed a purchase agreement that indicated Gustafson had purchased the Nome Center, but no purchase details were agreed upon. The Nome Center was later sold to a third party. Gustafson sued Sparks, Sr.’s estate.
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