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RELIGA ESTATE. (11/26/62)

THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


November 26, 1962

RELIGA ESTATE.

Appeal, No. 267, March T., 1962, from decree of Orphans' Court of Armstrong County, Estate No. 7535, in re estate of Anna Religa, deceased. Decree affirmed.

COUNSEL

B. Albert Bertocchi, for appellant.

Richard S. Graff, with him Floy C. Jones, Jr., for appellee.

Before Bell, C.j., Musmanno, Jones, Cohen, O'brien and Keim, JJ.

Author: Bell

[ 409 Pa. Page 267]

OPINION BY MR. CHIEF JUSTICE BELL

Stella Ralko, daughter of testatrix, claims she is entitled to a deposit account which her mother owned and possessed in her own name and later changed into the joint names of herself and claimant, with right of survivorship. Thereupon claimant signed the signature card, but testatrix never did. Claimant produced only one competent witness to this transaction - J. Trent Milliken, a teller in the bank. Milliken could not remember any more conversation or direction than that testatrix instructed him to add Stella's name to her account.

The proceedings in the lower Courts, viz., the Court of Equity and the Orphans' Court, were so extraordinary and in some respects so irregular that it would

[ 409 Pa. Page 268]

    merely cumber and confuse the case to recite them. It will suffice to say that claimant failed to prove by evidence which was clear, direct, precise and convincing, a gift to her of the deposit account. Petro v. Secary Estate, 403 Pa. 540, 170 A.2d 325; Sivak Estate, 409 Pa. 261, 185 A.2d 261, and cases cited therein.

Disposition

Decree affirmed; each party to pay own costs.

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