Translated from Latin, quantum meruit means “as much as deserved”. In the context of estate litigation, it is a tool used by the courts to compensate a person has provided services or property to a deceased but received no compensation. It is a broad and flexible remedy designed to achieve fairness in the particular circumstances of a case. A typical example is a person who provides free personal assistance care to an elderly person with the expectation of being rewarded with a portion of that person’s estate, only to be excluded from the will. In some circumstances, the court can order that the value of the unpaid services be paid out of the estate. de VRIES LITIGATION has extensive experience with these types of claims in the context of estates matters.