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Morris v. Morris

Court of Appeals of Georgia
637 S.E.2d 838 (2006)


In 1966, E.E. Morris purchased a 548-acre farm. In 1993, he entered into an agreement with his son, Harold Morris (defendant), to lease the entire farm for five years. Eight months into the lease, E.E. Morris and Harold Morris executed a contract giving Harold Morris the option to buy his father’s farm in 10 years. E.E. Morris died in 1997, and another of his sons, Marion Morris, became the executor of E.E. Morris’s estate (the estate) (plaintiff). In 2003, Harold Morris notified Marion Morris that he intended to exercise his option to buy the farm. However, the option agreement did not describe all 548 acres of E.E. Morris’s farm. Instead, it described only 312 acres of the farm. The estate filed an action for declaratory judgment, asking the court to determine how many acres E.E. Morris’s estate must sell to Harold Morris. At trial, both Harold Morris and Marion Morris testified that they had discussed the option contract with E.E. Morris and that E.E. Morris had unambiguously intended to give Harold Morris an option to purchase the entire farm. A secretary to the lawyer who drafted the option contract testified that while typing the contract she had inadvertently omitted the remaining 236 acres. Harold Morris requested that the trial court revise the option contract to include the missing 236 acres. The trial court held that the parties to the option contract had made a mutual mistake, because the parties had intended for the option contract to include all 548 acres of E.E. Morris’s farm. The estate appealed. On appeal, the estate argued that the trial court erred when it allowed testimony from Harold Morris and the secretary in regard to what property the option was intended to include.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Johnson, J.)

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