Ruth and Bryan Davis owned seven acres of land in Warren, Massachusetts. On August 19, 1997, Ruth…

Ruth and Bryan Davis owned seven acres of land in Warren, Massachusetts. On August 19, 1997, Ruth and Bryan conveyed one and one-half acres of that parcel to Bryan’s mother, Corinne, for “$1.00 in valuable consideration.” Corinne built a house on the property and lived there for the next seven years. In the spring of 2004, Corinne decided to sell her house. She marketed her home herself, arranging five showings, negotiating a sales price, and satisfactorily performing other tasks involved in selling the house and moving. Apparently prompted by Corinne’s sales activity, Ruth drafted the following typewritten document: As promised, I will give the amount of $40,000.00 to Ruth and Bryan Davis, for the value of the land at 1388 Brimfield Road. Sincerely, Corinne Davis. Ruth and Bryan requested that Corinne sign it. On May 2, 2004, Bryan took the document to his mother’s home and told her that if she signed it, it “might save his marriage.” Corinne signed the document that day and Ruth and Bryan signed it sometime thereafter. When Corrine sold the home, she did not pay $40,000 of the sale proceeds to Bryan and Ruth. Ruth sued Corrine for breach of contract. Was there consideration to support Corrine’s promise to pay part of the proceeds to Bryan and Ruth?

 

 

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