Quimbee logo with url
From our private database of 14,500+ case briefs...

Hall v. Vallandingham

Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
540 A.2d 1162 (1988)


After the death of William Vallindingham, Jr. in 1983, the four natural children of Earl J. Vallandingam (Earl’s children) (plaintiffs) brought an action against Joseph W. Vallandingham (defendant), the personal representative for the estate of Earl and Joseph’s brother, William. Earl’s children claimed they were entitled to distributive shares of their natural uncle’s intestate estate because their father had predeceased their uncle. However, two years after Earl’s death in 1956, his widow had married Jim Walter Kilgore who adopted Earl’s children. Upon transmittal from the Orphan’s Court, the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County decided that Earl’s children could not inherit from their natural uncle due to their adoption by Jim Walter Kilgore. Earl’s children appealed to the Court of Special Appeals, contending that the law governing inheritance rights of natural children implicitly entitles adopted children to inherit from their natural relatives.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Gilbert, C.J.)

What to do next…

  1. 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.

  2. 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 264,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,500 briefs, keyed to 196 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.