No. CX-84-550.

378 N.W.2d 800 (1985)

In re ESTATE OF Sara Edith BEECHAM, a.k.a. Edith Beecham, Deceased.

Supreme Court of Minnesota.

December 27, 1985.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Raebern B. Hitchcock, St. Paul, for Alice Ann Beecham.

Edward F. Kautzer, St. Paul, for Estate.

Heard, considered and decided by the court en banc.

KELLEY, Justice.

Alice Beecham filed a claim against the estate of her mother-in-law, Sara Edith Beecham, for personal services rendered to the decedent during her lifetime. The trial court awarded judgment of $32,000. The court of appeals reversed on the grounds that the services rendered were gratuitous.1 We reverse.

Sara Edith Beecham ("Edith") died in January, 1983, at the age of 91. Her will, dated September 20, 1976, gave...

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