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Esteves v. Esteves
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In 1980, Manuel and Flora Esteves (Plaintiffs) purchased a home with their son, Joao Esteves (Defendant). Plaintiffs took a one-half interest in the home and Defendant took the other one-half interest. All three moved into the home and resided there together for about three to eighteen months. During this time, Defendant expended considerable labor for repairs and improvements to the home. Defendant then moved out, but Plaintiffs continued to occupy the home for eighteen years. The parties sold the home in 1998. Plaintiffs sued to determine how the proceeds should be divided. The trial court found that Plaintiffs had paid a total of $61,892 for operating and maintenance expenses and required Defendant to pay half that amount. The trial court also found that Defendant had expended more labor than Manuel or Flora on the home, and that the value of this excess labor was $2,000. The trial court allowed Defendant to take a $2,000 credit against his reimbursement to Plaintiffs for the operating and maintenance expenses. Finally, the court ruled that Defendant had no right to demand a credit for the rental value of Plaintiffs’s sole occupancy of the home.
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