RICHARD SWECKER, et al., v. STEVEN MICHAEL SWECKER, et al., and, DINAH SLUDER, et al., IN RE: ESTATE OF JOSEPH JAMES SWECKER, STEVEN SWECKER, et al., v. RICHARD ALLEN SWECKER (Tenn. Ct. App. January 26, 2011).
Plaintiffs brought this action to establish a partnership with the deceased against the estate's personal representative and others. Defendants answered, denying the allegation that a partnership existed, and filed a counter-complaint, asserting the estate should be reimbursed for plaintiffs' mismanagement of the farm, and for monies the plaintiffs removed from the estate's bank account.
Following an evidentiary hearing, the Trial Court held that deceased and plaintiff had entered into a partnership and that the partnership would be wound up by the Court and the partnership assets distributed. Also, the Trial Court held that plaintiffs would be required to pay rent on the house they occupied on the farm for several years.
On appeal, we affirm the finding that a partnership existed, but reverse the Trial Court's holding that plaintiffs owed the estate rent for occupancy of the house on the farm. We remand, with directions to the Court to wind up the partnership.
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