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Bowlin v. Keifer

Arkansas Supreme Court
246 Ark. 693 (1969)


Facts

Ova Keifer (defendant) and Guy Wade were two of seven children who inherited their father George Wade’s estate. In 1947, Guy transferred by a written instrument all his “rights, title and interest in the estate of [his] father George T. Wade” to his sister Ova. Guy later died, survived by Victor, his sole heir. Victor later conveyed to Jack Bowlin (plaintiff) a one-seventh interest in the land that George had passed on to his children. Bowlin initiated a partition proceeding to collect the value of the one-seventh share that Victor had conveyed to him, despite the earlier transfer from Guy to Ova. Bowlin argued that the transfer from Guy to Ova was invalid because the property was not identified and that he was the rightful owner of a one-seventh portion of George’s estate.

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