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Estate of Frances Cleveland v. Gorden

Tennessee Court of Appeals
837 S.W.2d 68 (1992)


Facts

Frances Cleveland, a 92-year-old woman, became ill. Her niece, Ms. Gorden (plaintiff) took care of Cleveland for several weeks, because there was no one else available to care for her. Gorden then placed Cleveland in a nursing home. The officers at Cleveland’s bank told Gorden that she would be able to be reimbursed from her aunt’s accounts for any expenditures she made on Cleveland’s behalf, if she maintained detailed expense records. Gorden used her own money to pay for Cleveland’s bills, including nursing home bills, and kept detailed records. Cleveland knew that Gorden was using her own money to pay for the nursing home and told a friend that Gorden “would get everything she had, if there was anything left.” After Cleveland died, Gorden filed a claim with her estate (defendant) for reimbursement of nearly $100,000 in expenditures made on behalf of Cleveland. The probate court found that Cleveland had not agreed to reimburse her niece and denied the claim. Gordon appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Koch, J.)

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