Supreme Court of Missouri
281 S.W.2d 843 (1955)
Fred Wolf owned a parcel of residential real property. Wolf conveyed a portion of the parcel by deed describing the conveyed portion as the west 50 feet of Lot 13. At the time of conveyance, a house existed on the portion conveyed. After conveyance, Wolf built a house on the retained portion. Walters (plaintiff) was the successor in title to the portion described as the west 50 feet. Tucker (defendant) was the successor in title to the portion retained by Wolf. Walters asserted that the boundaries of the conveyed portion should be established by measuring a line 50 feet at right angles to the west line of the original lot. Tucker asserted that the intent of the conveyance was to provide 50 feet of frontage along a road running at a diagonal to the lot lines. Tucker’s method of establishing the boundaries of the conveyed parcel would result in the width of Walters’ lot measuring approximately 42 feet from the west line of the original lot. Tucker’s method of measurement would also result in an encroachment upon a driveway appurtenant to Walters’ property. Walter filed a quiet title action. The trial court heard extrinsic evidence and concluded that the grantor’s intent was to convey 50 feet of frontage along the roadway. The trial court ruled in favor of Tucker. Walters appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hollingsworth, 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 202,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 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.