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Statute of Frauds: Hazel & Ruth

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.

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Ruth cannot successfully collect the $50,000 from Hazel's estate. This would be in violation of the Statute of Frauds (see a brief introduction here to the Statute of Frauds: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Statute+of+Frauds)

According to the Statute of Frauds, certain agreements must be in writing to be enforceable. These include real property titles and transfers, leases ...

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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.

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