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Gruen v. Gruen
Citation:496 N.E.2d 869 (1986).
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Gruen (the plaintiff) alleges that in 1963 his father who is now deceased gave the plaintiff a painting while his father was still living as an inter vivos gift reserving a life estate for himself. The plaintiff’s father gave the plaintiff the painting in a dictated letter, but the plaintiff never took possession of the painting. The plaintiff’s father kept the painting in his possession until he died in 1980. After his father’s death, the plaintiff requested possession of the painting, but Gruen (the defendant and plaintiff’s stepmother) refused.
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