Thank you, L. I was just making sure.If the cattle were in my husband's name, when they are sold, wouldn't my stepson have to have a signed bill of sale from my husband in order to make the sale to give the check to my stepdaughter?
The answer is yes
. At least, this is in theory. What happens is that the brand inspector will want to see a contract
that gives your husband's cattle to your stepson, or at least a Power of Attorney that allows your stepson to sell the cattle on your husband's behalf.
He had neither, although he had your husband's verbal allowance to do so. Because the brand inspector was family, they likely took your stepson's word for it. They normally should not do so, but the brand inspector decided that there is little chance that the stepson was actually lying.
In an analogy, think of a notary signature. Normally a notary needs proof if ID. But some notaries will stamp their stamp even without seeing the ID if they know the individual who is signing.
So this is what happened here. Now, if your husband does not oppose this, then the matter is settled since even if done improperly, the actual owner is in agreement with the sale and all is done.
However, if your husband opposes the sale, theoretically, he can pursue your stepson and/or the brand inspector, in court for the matter (as there is no proof of the fact that he allowed the sale, and a verbal agreement is hard to proof).
But, it is your husband's decision to do so.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Best of luck.
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