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Wolford v. Powers

Indiana Supreme Court
85 Ind. 294 (1882)


Charles Lehman was an elderly widower who was friends with Wolford (plaintiff). Before his death, Lehman promised that if Wolford named his son Charles Lehman Wolford, Lehman “would make [the son’s] welfare his chief object in life, and provide for [him] generously and give [him] a good education.” Lehman’s son had died many years prior. In addition, after the initial promise, Lehman requested and received care from Wolford when he was sick. When the Wolford boy was five months old, Lehman executed a note in favor of Wolford for $10,000, stating that that was how he wanted to fulfill his promise and compensate Wolford for the medical care. After Lehman’s death, Wolford brought suit against Lehman’s estate (defendant) to recover on the note. The trial court ruled in favor of Lehman’s estate. Wolford appealed.

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