A New York Probate Lawyer said that, petitioner-appellee, instituted a proceeding in the county judge’s court, seeking construction of the will of the deceased as to her rights under that instrument. She asserted her status as surviving pretermitted spouse of the deceased and alleged that she was entitled to distribution of the estate as if the deceased had died intestate, or distribution as his sole surviving heir-at-law. A Bronx Probate Lawyer said that, the probate court, after hearing, entered the order appealed from, adjudging that the petitioner, as the surviving pretermitted spouse, was the sole distributee of the estate and that she should receive that portion of it which she would have received had her husband died intestate.
A Bronx Estate Administration Lawyer said that, the Will in question, dated February 9, 1955, was admitted to probate November 18, 1959, and petitioner was appointed as Administratrix Cum Testamento Annexo on January 29, 1960. At the hearing, she was the only witness to appear before the court. The estate was valued at approximately $114,000.00. There were no lineal descendants, the only blood relative of deceased being a sister.
A New York Will Lawyer said that, the testator, in the will, directed that he be interred near the remains ‘of my beloved wife, with terms of endearment being employed elsewhere in the will in reference to her. One of the bequests in the will gave: ‘(d) the sum of Thirty Thousand ($30,000.00) Dollars to the petitioner, now residing at 2610 Grand Avenue, Bronx, New York.’ The person bequeathed was one and the same person as the petitioner. Other bequests in the will ranged from $2,000.00 to $25,000.00 left to various friends of testator, to his sister, and to nine different charitable institutions.