I need to mail a cashier's check to purchase a horse that is already in my possession. I fully expect this person to neglect getting a bill of sale to me in a timely manner. I plan on typing up two copies of the bill of sale and signing both myself - one copy for seller and one copy for me. I will include a self addressed stamped envelope for its return.
How can I better cover my end if they do not send me a bill of sale? How can I ensure beyond a doubt there will be no further issue? Is it good enough to have proof that they cashed the cashier's check? Or can I put a memo on there that says something to the effect of "cashing this check confirms the horse is sold bla bla to (me) from (them"? (is that legal?)
I will spare the details but the sellers are of questionable morals and this horse is a rescue.
If additional information is needed, I live in Washington state and the seller lives in Oregon. I cannot just drive down there and hand them the money myself I was just going to call the sheriff's office in the morning and ask but I figured, y'all are so helpful, it would ease my mind tonight, lol.
(side note: is a bill of sale coming from the owner legal or nonbinding if the owner is a minor or does it need to be under the parents' name?)