In re Estate of Barnes (Majority)Annotate this Case
At issue in this case was a will contest and whether the will proponents presented sufficient evidence to rebut a presumption of undue influence. The trial court invalidated the will, finding that it was the product of undue influence. The trial court's factual findings were not challenged on appeal, but the Court of Appeals reversed and remanded for a new trial, holding that the trial court failed to make findings of direct evidence to support its conclusion of undue influence, relying solely on the presumption of undue influence to invalidate the will. The Supreme Court reversed, finding that the proper inquiry here was whether the trial court's unchallenged findings of fact supported its conclusions of law. The Court of Appeals erred by reweighing evidence that sufficiently supported the trial court's conclusions. The Court reinstated the trial court's judgment invalidating the will as a product of undue influence.