Elgar v. Elgar
Connecticut Supreme Court
679 A.2d 937 (1996)
In 1988, Pamela Elgar (plaintiff) and George Elgar married in Connecticut. Pamela and George Elgar entered a prenuptial agreement in the week before their wedding in September 1988. At George Elgar’s insistence, both parties signed the agreement two days before the wedding. Prior to signing the prenuptial agreement, both parties had a brief consultation with Stephen J. Corriss, George Elgar’s attorney. Corriss reviewed the choice-of-law provision in the prenuptial agreement before the parties signed the agreement. George Elgar later died, and a probate trial court considered his estate. Eric Elgar, George Elgar’s son from a previous marriage, was named the executor of George Elgar’s estate (defendant). Eric Elgar entered the prenuptial agreement, and the probate court stripped Pamela of any interest in George Elgar’s estate as required by the prenuptial agreement. Pamela appealed the probate court order to the trial court. The attorney trial referee filed a report recommending judgment for Eric Elgar, as the executor of George Elgar’s estate. The trial court entered a judgment in favor of George. Pamela appealed the judgment of the trial court to the Connecticut Supreme Court, arguing that the New York choice-of-law provision in the prenuptial agreement should not be applied because the clause was obtained by improper means and that even if the New York choice-of-law provision was valid, the agreement was unenforceable.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Norcott, J.)
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