CONTRACT TO MAKE A WILL
339305 PELLIE MAE NORTON-CANTRELL V ANTHONY BZURA TRUST AGREEMENT
Panel: DBS DAS MFG
Lower Court: WAYNE PROBATE COURT, No. 15-811336-CZ
Opinion - Per Curiam - Unpublished
Plaintiff was in a long-term relationship with Anthony Bzura (Tony) that lasted over 40 years, but the two never married. When Tony’s health began to deteriorate, plaintiff became his caretaker.
According to plaintiff, Tony always promised to “take care” of her, and indeed, plaintiff received assets from Tony totaling over $300,000 in the time leading up to and following his death in June 2015.
However, plaintiff believed that Tony’s promises involved a much greater sum, and in July 2015 she filed a claim against his trust for over $2,700,000.
The trust disallowed the claim, and plaintiff brought suit in probate court seeking to recover against the trust under a variety of contract theories.
The probate court determined that MCL 700.2514, which provides that a contract to make a will or devise must be in writing, barred plaintiff’s claims. Accordingly, the probate court granted defendant summary disposition.