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Brackenbury v. Hodgkin

Supreme Judicial Court of Maine
102 A. 106 (Me. 1917)


Facts

Mrs. Hodgkin (defendant) wrote a letter to her daughter and her daughter’s husband, the Brackenburys (plaintiffs), offering that if they move to Mrs. Hodgkin’s home and care for her until her death, they could have the home when she died. After the Brackenburys accepted the offer and moved to the home, the parties began not to get along. Mrs. Hodgkin eventually ordered the Brackenburys to leave, but they refused. Subsequently, Mrs. Hodgkin executed and delivered a deed for the home to her son, Walter Hodgkin (defendant), reserving a life estate for herself. The Brackenburys brought suit to obtain a reconveyance of the home from Walter to Mrs. Hodgkin and a constructive trust in the home for the Brackenburys in accordance with their contract. The trial court found in favor of the Brackenburys. The Hodgkins appealed.

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