Hi Andrea, thanks so much for the followup and a chance to ask more....much appreciated. I did write a Bill of sale and notarized it and opted to send it Express Mail since it would get to Jeff faster and there would be one of those green signature cards that would be sent back to me. The delivery would be attempted twice and the it comes back to me. In the event of a future suit, would that returned letter stand as proof that I did the correct process legally, whether he chose to accept his Bill of sale or not?
The other thing, and I feel stupid about this,is, when I drafted the Bill of Sale, I think I should have included more specifics. I merely referred to a white Appaloosa gelding named Snowball. Now I am thinking I need to send an addendum that includes date of purchase, price paid, his auction number, (the tag for which Jeff never gave me even though I said I would like it as a souvenir), perhaps mention the SunDewSavesHorses Rescue as being involved? Here is what I wrote and sent:
re: White Apaloosa gelding named Snowball
This Bill of Sale made as of the 10th day of Jan.2013 will serve as a legal transfer of ownership of said horse Snowball from Martha K. DiSarlo to Jeffry Merkey. No money has been exchanged in this transfer as he is a gift to Mr. Merkey from Martha DiSarlo, and this gift has been accepted by Mr. Merkey.
signed.....and (I signed it.)
The notary put yesterday's date below his signature and stamp.
Let me know if this is enough or if I need an addendum. I felt foolish when I realized..there are a million white Appaloosa Geldings out there and his name might not even be Snowball now. Sorry to be so clueless. I will send an addendum immediately if needed. Thanks Andrea.