In a contested probate proceeding, the objectant appeals, as limited by her brief, from so much of a decree of the Surrogate’s Court, Kings County, dated April 11, 1986, as, upon a ruling made after close of all the evidence at a jury trial dismissing all her objections as a matter of law, dismissed her third objection alleging that the will was procured by the undue influence of the petitioner, admitted the will to probate and awarded letters testamentary to the petitioner.
The testimony at the trial established that the decedent MB had executed a will in 1977 which would have distributed her estate equally to her two sisters, who were then living, and the proponent of the will in question, PH, the surviving son of a third sister. In the event either of MB’s two sisters predeceased her, their shares would go to the objectant, LM, the daughter of one of those sisters. In December 1977MB fractured a hip bone and PH came to her aid and assisted her in getting to the hospital. A few days after MB’s accident, PH ended his employment as a tenured college professor and devoted his energies to assisting his aunt in her affairs, primarily acting as her financial advisor.
Specifically, MB executed a power of attorney in favor of PH; MB’s securities were removed from her safe deposit box by PH and he transferred them to a box in his name; MB’s bank accounts were transferred by PH into an account in the joint names of MB and PH, and PH signed MB’s name on the account application at her request; PH arranged for the dividend checks from MB’s securities to be deposited directly into another joint account which was opened in a similar fashion; and the bank statements from the joint accounts were sent to PH’s home although the proxy materials were sent to MB. In addition, PH assisted MB in finding various nursing homes wherein she resided after her 1977 accident and until her death in 1984.