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I hate to ask this, but was there ever any written contract with Mr. Becker and your husband?
Thank you for your reply.If there is no written contract, the case is very difficult, but not impossible. You could seek to sue based on an implied or oral contract, but it would require you presenting evidence and witnesses to the court that you paid for the cows and paid for semen and that he has continuously given you beef or whatever in exchange consistently throughout the years to repay you. If you can prove that, then you can argue that he is breaching the oral or implied contract and that this was not a gift to him, as the conduct over the years has proven that you may pay or give him cows, but you have always received something in return as repayment for doing so. It is not an easy case without a written contract and it will require you putting on witnesses and providing documents proving what you paid for and gave to him over the years consistently and what he has given to you.