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reynoso, wk3, discussion questions - 1 Hazel is 84 and...

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1. Hazel is 84, and suffers from debilitating arthritis. Sometimes, she can barely walk. Every time Hazel has been unable to get around, her neighbor Ruth cooks and cleans for her until she feels better. Hazel has offered to pay Ruth, but Ruth always declines. One day when Hazel is feeling well, she and Ruth eat out in a restaurant, and Hazel tells Ruth she is going to leave her $50,000 in her will. Six months later, Hazel dies without leaving a will. Can Ruth successfully sue Hazel’s estate for $50,000? State the legal reasons for your answer. Even though Hazel most likely grew to love Ruth for all the time that Ruth spent with her it would be pretty difficult for her to prove that Hazel had promised Ruth the amount of $50,000.00 after she passed. Unfortunately, Ruth is not Hazel’s relative so she wouldn’t be entitled to any of the funds that pertained to Hazel. Since Hazel and Ruth came to and oral agreement, they do however, fall under an express contract so Ruth does have a right over the $50,000.00.
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