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"Which answer most closely matches the scenario? Remember to make sure you read the scenario very carefully before responding. If no jurisdiction is given, assume that the answer is based on common law principles. "
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Uncle Jessie types his will leaving his farm to his niece, Daisy, and his nephews, Bo and Luke. Jessie then walks into the Boar's Nest with the finished document which Jessie has already signed. Seeing only Boss and Daisy, Jessie decides to use them as witnesses. He approaches them, and states, "This is my will and here is my signature. Would you please witness it?" Boss and Daisy agree and sign on the witness lines. In California, is this a valid will?
Clark and Lois had been married for 10 years when they filed for dissolution. Two years into the marriage, Clark's dad, Jonathan dropped dead leaving Clark $1 million which Clark deposited into the couple's joint bank account. This was their primary account used for all of the expenses of the marriage, and depository of each spouse's income. Over the next 8 years, Clark who was never great with finances, and kept no records let the bank account become so muddled that he cannot determine what came from his inheritance and what didn't. In California, how would the bank account be divided?
The bank account is Clark's separate property
The bank account is Lois's separate property
One Million Dollars from the account is Clark's separate property, the balance is community
The bank account is community property subject to equal division
Bart, age 16, enters into a 48 month payment agreement for the purchase of a car from Monty Burns Chevrolet. Taking it for joyride, Bart loses control, and the car flies off a cliff exploding into 1 million pieces. (Bart jumps out at the last second, of course.) According to modern law in most jurisdictions, what does Bart owe Mr. Burns, the owner of the car lot?
Bart must pay for the full value of the car immediately
The contract between Mr. Burns and Bart is still in effect, and Bart must pay until the duration is up
Bart must pay for the value of the car after the accident
Nothing - He can avoid the contract
Popeye drops dead leaving a validly executed formal will. This will leaves all his property to Wimpy. Before the will is submitted to probate, an undated, hand-written document is found stating, "I hereby revoke all prior wills. I leave all my worldly possessions to my love, Olive." Per California Law, how should Popeye's estate be divided?
The estate shall be divided as provided in the hand-written will
Due to conflict, neither will is admitted to probate, and Popeye dies intestate
The estate shall be divided equally between the parties mentioned in both wills
The estate shall be divided as provided in the formal will
Fred wants to sell his apartment building to Ricky. Ricky verbally offers a price, Fred verbally accepts, and the two shake hands. According to modern law in most jurisdictions, is there an enforceable contract?
Yogi owns a piece of real property known as Jellystone Estates. Yogi conveys Jellystone Estates to Boo Boo, who does not record the deed. Yogi subsequently conveys Jellystone Estates to Ranger, who does not know of Boo Boo's deed. Boo Boo then records his deed. Next, Ranger records his deed. Under California law, whose deed prevails?
Neither deed is valid
The property is split between the parties
Chunk sends Data a letter offering to sell him his bike. Data sends back a letter accepting. After the letter is sent, but before Chunk receives the letter from Data, Sloth offers Chunk twice the amount in Chunk's offer to Data. Chunk immediately sends a letter to Data revoking the original offer. Under modern law in most jurisdictions who prevails in this situation?
Sloth and Data have to decide who, between the two of them gets the bike.
Chunk has successfully revoked his offer and can sell the bike to whomever he wants
Data has entered into a valid agreement with Chunk
Chunk and Sloth have entered into a valid agreement making the earlier correspondence with Data null and void
Homer was choking on his Crusty Burger. Bart, walking by, notices Homer's situation, but does nothing and keeps walking. Homer subsequently chokes to death. Is Bart liable in most jurisdictions?
Papa Smurf validly executes his will which he keeps in his night table drawer. No one but Papa Smurf has access to said drawer. Papa Smurf subsequently dies. When the other Smurfs are going through Papa Smurf's personal effects, they open the nightstand drawer and find only a pile of ashes, with the only identifiable words being found on a small, charred piece of paper stating, "Last Will and Testament of Papa Smurf." Brainy, his lawyer does have a copy of the will, but not a duplicate. If Smurf Village was located in California, how would Papa Smurf's estate be distributed?
The estate passes according to Brainy's copy
The estate passes to the State
The estate is split equally among all of Papa Smurf's heirs
The estate passes by intestate succession
Bonds Athletic Supplies (Bonds) buys 100 vials of legal "muscle enhancement" from Canseco Pharmaceuticals (Canseco). Upon delivery, some of the vials were broken. Without saying anything to Canseco, Bonds' director decides to donate the bad shipment to McGwire University (McGwire) to use with their athletic program. When Canseco demands payment for the shipment, Bonds replies, "We never accepted delivery, and the shipment was bad." Under modern law in most jurisdictions, who prevails?
Bonds should tell Canseco to get the money from McGwire because they now have the product
Bonds is under no obligation to pay for a bad product
Canseco is entitled to full payment from Bonds
Bonds is only responsible for the part of the shipment that was not broken
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Compiled Dec 04 13