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Calbom v. Knudtzon

Supreme Court of Washington
396 P.2d 148 (Wash. 1964)


Mrs. Henderson was the executrix of her husband’s will. Henderson hired Harry Calbom (plaintiff) as her attorney to handle the probate proceedings. Henderson also consulted Halvor Knudtzon (defendant), a certified public accountant, to handle tax issues related to her husband’s estate. At a consultation meeting, Knudtzon asked Henderson if she had hired an attorney for the probate proceedings. Henderson stated that she had hired Calbom, in response to which Knudtzon shook his head, indicating that Calbom was a poor choice. Knudtzon then recommended other attorneys to Henderson, one of whom Henderson ultimately hired to replace Calbom. Calbom brought suit against Knudtzon for intentional interference with Calbom’s employment contract with Henderson. The trial court found in favor of Calbom, and Knudtzon appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Hamilton, J.)

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