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Wilhoite v. Beck

Appellate Court of Indiana, Division No. 1
230 N.E.2d 616 (1967)


Facts

In 1939 or 1940, Flossie Lawrence went to live with Ruth Beck (plaintiff), a distant cousin, and stayed at her home until Lawrence’s death in 1963. In Lawrence’s will, Beck and five other cousins of Lawrence were named as beneficiaries. Beck filed suit against Lawrence’s estate (defendant), represented by Wilhoite, seeking compensation for the room, board, care, and companionship she provided to Lawrence over more than 20 years. After a trial to the court, the judge found in favor of Beck. Wilhoite appealed on the grounds that the decision was contrary to law and not supported by the evidence.

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