Burns v. McCormick
New York State Court of Appeals
135 N.E. 273 (N.Y. 1922)
Mr. Halsey was an old man living alone. He told the plaintiffs that if they sold their house and business, moved in with him, and took care of him until he died, then his house would be theirs when he died. The plaintiffs did all that Mr. Halsey asked, but his promise was never recorded in any way. After Mr. Halsey died, the plaintiffs brought suit seeking a declaratory judgment that they owned the house. The defendants assert the Statute of Frauds as a defense.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Cardozo, J.)
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