Adams v. Adams

88 U.S. (21 Wall.) 185 (1874)

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Adams v. Adams

United States Supreme Court
88 U.S. (21 Wall.) 185 (1874)

SC

Facts

In 1861, Mr. Adams (defendant) and Mrs. Adams (plaintiff) transferred their house to Appleton, as trustee, to hold for Mrs. Adams. The deed was signed and recorded. Mr. and Mrs. Adams possessed the deed jointly in their marital home. In 1870, the couple got divorced. In 1871, Mr. Adams sought to disavow the trust. At this point, Appleton declined to confirm the trust or act as trustee. Mrs. Adams filed suit, seeking a court order affirming the trust. Appleton stated that the trust was made without his knowledge and that he never agreed to be trustee. The Supreme Court of the District of Columbia ruled that the trust was valid and appointed a new trustee. Mr. Adams appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hunt, J.)

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