Supreme Court of Virginia
260 S.E.2d 243 (1979)
In 1955, Robert Camp, Jr. and his mother Tincy Camp (defendant) purchased a house and property. Tincy consulted a local attorney, who wrote the deed, which conveyed the property to Robert and Tincy “as tenants in common with the right of survivorship.” Robert later married Hilda Camp (plaintiff). Robert died in 1966, survived by Hilda, their children, and Tincy. Hilda contends that the deed conveyed the property to Robert and Tincy as tenants in common and asked the court to find that Hilda and her children had a one-half interest in the property. Tincy maintained that she was a joint tenant under the deed. Therefore, because she had survived Robert, Tincy had a fee-simple interest in the property. The trial court heard testimony from the attorney who had written the deed. The attorney asserted that he had made a mistake in using the phrase “tenants in common” and alleged that Robert and Tincy intended to receive the property with the right of survivorship between them. The trial court agreed and ruled that the real estate passed to Tincy in fee simple. Hilda appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Compton, J.)
Dissent (Poff, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 217,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,100 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.