540 N.E.2d 691 (1989)
Decedent made oral promise to give promisee, a synagogue, money for a library. Administrator of decedent's estate refused to give the money to promisee, who brought an action to enforce decedent's promise. The lower court granted summary judgment for the estate.
- On appeal, the court affirmed.
- Decedent's promise was unsupported by consideration.
- Promisee's allocation of the money in its budget did not constitute reliance.
- The court declined to abandon the requirement of consideration or reliance for an enforceable contract in cases of charitable subscriptions.
- Moreover, enforcing an oral promise against an estate would be against public policy.
The court affirmed the lower court, because decedent's promise was not supported by consideration or reliance and because enforcing an oral promise against decedent's estate would be against public policy.
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