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Court Refuses to Extend
Charitable Subscription Rule
Individual is unable to enforce pledge
to provide unlimited funds to family members
An appellate court in Minnesota has refused to expand a rule that allows charities to enforce charitable contribution subscriptions and has denied a family member’s claim to collect an unfulfilled pledge from her sister in law’s estate. (In Re: Estate of Ross, Ct. of App., MN, No. A07-1249, 5/27/08.)
Nievedia Crystal Ross was a member of the Mdewakanton Sioux Tribe who received a lump sum payment of $260,000 and the right to a monthly stipend of $72,000 when she became 18 in 2001. She sent a letter to her half-brother and sister in law promising a monthly gift of $4000 “until [they] do not wish to receive this gift from me anymore.” She also gave them $53,000 for a down payment on a home.
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