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TRUST ISABELLA W. MUNRO v. COMMONWEALTH NATIONAL BANK (05/04/88)

filed: May 4, 1988.

IN RE TRUST OF ISABELLA W. MUNRO, KATHARINE S. WEIBLEY, EXECUTRIX OF THE ESTATE OF RICHARD W. WEIBLEY, DECEASED AND WILLIAM A. COPE, OBJECTANTS,
v.
COMMONWEALTH NATIONAL BANK, TRUSTEE. APPEAL OF KATHARINE S. WEIBLEY EXECUTRIX OF THE ESTATE OF RICHARD W. WEIBLEY, DECEASED



Appeal From Order Entered July 8, 1987, Court of Common Pleas, Orphans Court Division, Cumberland County No. 21-74-707.

COUNSEL

G. Thomas Miller, Harrisburg, for appellant.

Robert C. Spitzer, Harrisburg, for appellee.

Cavanaugh, Olszewski and Popovich, JJ.

Author: Cavanaugh

[ 373 Pa. Super. Page 450]

The issue before us in whether the court below properly refused to surcharge a corporate trustee for retaining its own stock as principal of the trust.

By Deed of Trust dated July 29, 1932, Joseph Munro and Isabella W. Munro, his sister, placed designated assets in trust, including shares of stock in Carlisle Deposit Bank and Trust Company which was named as sole Trustee. The trust agreement stated, inter alia that the Trustee was:

     to hold all stock of the Carlisle Deposit Bank and Trust Company which may come into hands of trustee under this agreement and pay the net income received therefrom, from time to time, to parties of the first part, [the Settlors] in equal shares, during their joint lives and to the survivor of parties of the first part during his or her life and upon the death of said survivor, then to distribute such dividends as received by the trustee in equal shares

[ 373 Pa. Super. Page 451]

    to the following named grand-nephews of parties of the first part or to such of them as may be living at the death of the last survivor of the parties of the first part, to wit: Edward Weibley, Richard Weibley and William Cope all grand-sons of our deceased brother William S. Munro, for and during their natural lives and the life of the survivor of them, the share of any one of them dying to be paid to the survivor or survivors and upon the death of the last survivor of said grand-nephews to distribute said stock in accordance with the last wills and testaments of the said grand-nephews and a power of appointment by will is hereby conferred upon each of said grand-nephews as to that portion of stock on which he receives the income, distribution however to be deferred as above provided until the death of the last survivor of said grand-nephews.*fn1

The trust agreement also provided:

It is expressly agreed that Trustee shall not be liable for accepting and retaining investments not within the laws of Pennsylvania defining lawful investments for trust funds nor for any losses resulting from the depreciation of any such investments.

The settlors are deceased. In 1985, the Commonwealth National Bank, the successor Trustee, filed its First and Partial Account in the Orphans' Court Division of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. By that time, Edward Weibley had died. The income beneficiaries were ...


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