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Parker v. Shecut

South Carolina Supreme Court
562 S.E.2d 620 (2002)


Facts

Mary Shecut died, leaving her estate to her three children, Marion Shecut (defendant), Anne Parker (plaintiff), and Winfield Shecut. In 1993, Marion and Anne inherited Mary’s beach house as tenants in common. Marion and Anne used the house as a rental property but argued over much of the house’s finances. In 1996, Marion, without informing Anne, moved into the beach house full time. In 1997, Marion changed the house’s locks without informing Anne or giving Anne a key. Marion stated that he did this because the house was vandalized, and he suspected that Anne was the perpetrator. Marion stated that he did not plan to give Anne a key unless and until ordered to do so. Anne sued Marion. The master in equity (1) held that Marion did not oust Anne from the property, (2) granted Anne no rent for the time that Marion lived in the house, and (3) ordered the house to be sold at public auction. The court of appeals affirmed. The South Carolina Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Pleicones, J.)

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