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Court Makes Ruling When Original Will Missing


This is a matter dealing with a last will and testament. The case is being heard in the Surrogate’s Court of Queens County. The decedent passed away on the 17th of March, 1956. The decedent was survived by four adult children. A copy of a will was found among her affects and is alleged to be written by the decedent on the 26th of July, 1938.

The will that was found left the amount of $200 to a priest for the masses to be performed for her and her deceased husband. The rest of the estate was to be divided between the four children.

Probate Proceeding

A New York Probate Lawyer said the attorney and draftsman of the will testified that he prepared the will and supervised the execution of the document. He stated that he acted with another who is now deceased as the attesting witnesses. Both of them signed the will below the testatrix. Brooklyn Probate Lawyers said he further stated that the original was made by him at the time of the execution and kept in his care. However, he has since moved offices and has failed to turn up the original.

The attorney and draftsman have offered enough evidence in the matter to show that the propounded instrument is the intended will. This will be admitted for probate.

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