In re Estate of Greiff

703 N.E.2d 752 (1998)

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In re Estate of Greiff

New York Court of Appeals
703 N.E.2d 752 (1998)

SC

Facts

Helen Greiff (plaintiff) and Herman Greiff married when Helen was 65 and Herman was 77. The Greiffs signed reciprocal prenuptial agreements that waived their respective surviving spousal rights in the event of the death of the other. Herman’s will left his entire estate to his children from a prior marriage (the children) (defendants). After Herman died, Helen filed a petition seeking a spousal share of Herman’s estate. The children objected based on the prenuptial agreements. The surrogate’s court invalidated the prenuptial agreements based on a finding that Herman exerted undue influence over Helen and acted in bad faith in having the agreements executed. The appellate division reversed. Helen appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Bellacosa, J.)

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