Lucy V. Zehmer Case Brief Essay

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Lucy v. Zehmer Case Brief
Lucy made an offer to Zehmer one night while at his restaurant to purchase Zehmer’s farm for $50,000. Zehmer and Lucy both signed an agreement that promised Zehmer would sell the farm to Lucy. Zehmer claimed later that the agreement to sell the farm was made when they were both drinking at Zehmer’s restaurant and that he only meant the acceptance as a joke. Zehmer didn’t believe that Lucy’s offer was genuine since they were both drinking and went along with it signing over the farm on the back of a receipt. Lucy even offered Zehmer $5 to make the contract binding, which Zehmer refused. The following day Lucy sold a half interest to his brother to have enough funds for the sale. When Lucy presented
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The contract was also discussed over a 30 minute period of time and had provisions made to the title so that it would be thorough. This showed the court that this was more than a joke and that it was a legitimate business transaction. The court also made an argument that “we must look to the outward expression of a person as manifesting his intention rather than to his secret and unexpressed intention.” First Nat. Bank v. Roanoke Oil Co., 169 VA. 99, 114, 192 S.E 764, 770.

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