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CROOKS ESTATE. (03/18/57)

March 18, 1957

CROOKS ESTATE.


Appeal, No. 100, Jan. T., 1957, from decree of Orphans' Court of Delaware County, 1956, No. 59, in re estate of Cornelia R. Crooks, deceased. Decree affirmed.

COUNSEL

Albert J. Crawford, Jr., with him Joseph A. McTear, Crawford & Graham, and Smyth, Straub & Thistle, for appellant.

Arthur C. Dorrance, Jr., with him Robert E. Porter, Barnes, Dechert, Price, Myers & Rhoads, and Greenwell, Porter, Smaltz & Royal, for appellee.

Before Jones, C.j., Bell, Chidsey, Musmanno, Arnold, Jones and Cohen, JJ.

Author: Bell

[ 388 Pa. Page 126]

OPINION BY MR. JUSTICE BELL

Cornelia R. Crooks died on September 13, 1955. She was survived by her husband, Joseph H. Crooks, and a minor daughter by a previous marriage, Charlene V. Hart. She had a daughter, Patricia Joanne Crooks, who predeceased the testatrix and died on July 2, 1955

[ 388 Pa. Page 127]

    at the age of three months. The Register of Wills of Delaware County granted letters of administration to decedent's husband, Joseph H. Crooks, on September 19, 1955, on the basis of his petition alleging that his wife had died intestate.

After letters of administration had been issued, a will and an additional testamentary writing were found among the decedent's effects. The will was as follows:

"March 17th, 1955

I leave everything I own to my husband ...


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