Finders Keepers? First Impressions and Ancient Wisdom
Harris Ominsky
PROBATE& PROPERTY MAY/JUNE 2002 59 When a construction contractto finds a hidden box of cash and other valuables while working on a farm or in a motel, who owns it? This is one of those ancient property questions discussse in Talmudic and law school classes. Appellate courts have answered that question the same way in two recent cases: Terry v. Lock Hospitality, Inc., 37 S.W.3d 202 (Ark. 2001), and Corliss v. Wenner, 34 P.3d 1100 (Idaho Ct. App. 2001). The simplistic answer is that the property...