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I live in the State of New Hampshire. Approx. 5 years ago,

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I live in the State of New Hampshire. Approx. 5 years ago, we took in a cow for a family moving to Guam. We were looking for a milker and they needed a home for Chamilla (the cow).

Our verbal agreement was if they did not return for Chamilla within 3 years, she would become our cow. During that time her vet bills would be taken care of as the former owner was also a vet at our local vet clinic. This was not honored by the former owner.

Today we received a phone call that they were returning to the states and would like their cow back.

I reminded him of our agreement and that this is now her home.

What does the outcome present?

Thank you for your time.

Regina Burtt
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Your original agreement with the prior owner is an enforceable contract under New Hampshire law. If they were to sue you for return of the cow, they would lose based on the springing of the condition of the transfer (return within 3 years)

In addition, you would have claims against them for promisorry estoppel to prevent them from claiming ownership of the cow.

You could agree to return it, but could likewise require that they reimburse your costs for the care of the animal.

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