#EW5305.doc - Case Brief CITATION Lucy v Zehmer 196 Va 493 84 S.E.2d 516(1954 FACTS Defendant A H Zehmer and his wife Ida S Zehmer is the owner of 471.6

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Case Brief CITATION: Lucy v. Zehmer, 196 Va. 493, 84 S.E.2d 516 (1954) FACTS: Defendant A. H. Zehmer and his wife Ida S. Zehmer is the owner of 471.6 acres Ferguson Farm located in Dinwiddie County. On December 20, 1952, Zehmer entered into an agreement of selling the mentioned track at a cost of $50,000 to W.O. Lucy the complainant. The whole process lasted for forty minutes in a restaurant where the two were enjoying beer. To validate the drafting of the agreement document, Lucy had both the defendant and his wife append their signatures. After signing, Lucy hurriedly took the agreement and put it in his pocket. It was only after the agreement was signed that Zehmer disclosed to Lucy that he was joking all along. As for Lucy it was a serious business and therefore he went ahead to engage an attorney to verify the authenticity of the lands title. After verification, he wrote to Zehmer, stating that he was ready to pay the purchase price in cash and therefore it was up to Zehmer to decide on the day to close the deal. It was at this time when through a reply to his letter, Zehmer
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