Brief Estate of Jackson v. Devenyns

Brief Estate of Jackson v. Devenyns - property to be...

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Cameron Hartman 10/15/09 Seat #59 ESTATE OF JACKSON v. DEVENYNS Facts: In February of 1993, George Jackson and his neighbors, the Devenyns, drafted and  signed a document. This document stated that Jackson would sell 79 acres and machinery to  the Devenyns for $120,000.00. The contract included several stipulations, details and  instructions on the gradual sale of the property; for example, George wants to keep the one acre  of land around his house intact. Jackson died a short time later, in May of 1993. Jackson’s  estate attorney refused the Devenyns’ request to honor the contract, and the Devenyns thusly  petitioned for an order of conveyance. The estate contended that the property description didn’t  comply with the statute of frauds’ requirement that the document itself sufficiently describe the 
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Unformatted text preview: property to be conveyed. History: The Probate court ruled in favor of the defendant, Devenyns. Issue: Does the agreement sufficiently describe the property as required by the statute of frauds? Decision: No. The probate court’s decision was reversed. Reasons: The property that is in the agreement was not described in the agreement, thus, it cannot be enforced. The legislative policy justifying the statute of frauds requires the courts to test what Jackson and the Devenyns put in the contract as a description. A description cannot be supplied by parol proof, so the probate court was wrong to accept that as a means of description. As a result, the contract is unenforceable....
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