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Morris v. Ulbright

Missouri Supreme Court
558 S.W.2d 660 (1977)


Facts

Lina and Frank Ulbright deeded property to Logan Ulbright “and his bodily heirs,” thereby creating an estate tail. The property was eventually transferred to Dorothy and Ralph Ulbright (defendants). Logan Ulbright’s only son was Logan Ulbright, Jr., who was adopted by Marion and Ruby Morris. Logan Ulbright, Jr. changed his name to Logan Morris (Morris) (plaintiff). Morris filed a quiet-title action seeking title to the property. Dorothy and Ralph argued that Morris’s adoption removed him from the bloodline of his natural father, Logan Ulbright, and thus removed him from the fee tail. The trial court granted Dorothy and Ralph summary judgment. The court of appeals reversed. The case was transferred to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Donnelly, J.)

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