Stokes v. Stokes (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)Annotate this Case
This case arose from a dispute between George Stokes and his son, Mason Stokes, over the ownership of farmland in Chicot County. Mason filed a petition to quiet title to the farmland. The circuit court ruled that Mason and George each owned an undivided one-half interest in the farmland as tenants in common and authorized distribution of one-half of the crop income to Mason. The court then awarded Mason attorney’s fees. The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part, holding that the circuit court (1) did not deny George’s constitutional right to trial by jury by adjudicating the equitable claims before the legal claims; (2) did not err by validating a 1999 warranty deed; (3) did not err in granting summary judgment and in ruling that a 2009 quitclaim deed was void; but (4) erred by awarding attorney’s fees to Mason.