Byline: Derek Hawkins
WI Court of Appeals District IV
Case Name: Wesley Horstman, et al. v. Audra B. Dawson
Case No.: 2018AP924
Officials: Fitzpatrick, P.J., Blanchard and Kloppenburg, JJ.
Focus: Trusts and Estates Undue Influence
On November 3, 2016, Carol Horstman executed a will leaving all of her property to her son, Wesley Horstman, and his wife, Marinda Horstman. After Carol died, her daughter, Audra Dawson, challenged the will on the ground that Wesley and Marinda had exercised undue influence over Carol when she executed the will. Following a court trial, the circuit court concluded that Wesley and Marinda procured the will by undue influence. Wesley and Marinda appeal, arguing that: (1) the court's findings as to certain of the elements that must be proven to establish undue influence are clearly erroneous; and (2) the court erroneously relied on extrinsic evidence (that is, outside the trial testimony and trial...