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Naimo v. La Fianza

New Jersey Superior Court
369 A.2d 987 (1976)


Elsa Naimo (plaintiff) had an intimate relationship with Mario Bruno (Bruno). Bruno was married, but he was unable to have a child with his wife. Bruno wanted to have a child with Naimo, but she hesitated. Bruno promised Naimo that if she had a child with him, he would support the child during his lifetime and leave money for the child upon his death. Naimo agreed, and the couple had a son, Mario Bruno, Jr. (Bruno, Jr.). Bruno died, and his will did not include anything for Naimo or for Bruno, Jr. Naimo sued Bruno’s estate (defendant), both individually and as guardian ad litem of Bruno, Jr., seeking to enforce her agreement with Bruno. The estate argued that the contract was illegal and thus unenforceable.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Kentz, J.)

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