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Estate of Zeevering

Superior Court of Pennsylvania

September 26, 2013

ESTATE OF GEORGE ZEEVERING, DECEASED APPEAL OF: WAYNE ZEEVERING

Appeal from the Decree Entered January 4, 2013, In the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, Orphans' Court Division, at No. 316-2012.

BEFORE: SHOGAN, WECHT & COLVILLE [*] , JJ.

OPINION

SHOGAN, J.

Appellant, Wayne Zeevering, son of the late George Zeevering, appeals from the final decree entered on January 4, 2013 that denied Appellant's exceptions to the November 7, 2012 decree distributing George Zeevering's estate.[1] After careful consideration, we affirm.

The relevant facts of this matter were aptly set forth by the orphans' court as follows:

1. George Zeevering died on August 3, 2011.
2. Prior to his death, George Zeevering executed his Last Will and Testament on March 6, 2011, a Will which he drafted and executed without the advice of counsel.
3. George Zeevering was survived by the following five children: Kathleen Archacki, Laura Bonner, Diane Mar[c]ks, Jennifer Rios, and [Appellant].
4. The Last Will and Testament of the decedent makes two specific bequests.
5. The specific bequests included a red pick-up truck and a summer property in Deal Island, Md.
6. The specific bequest of real estate is a nullity because title was held as joint tenants with right of survivorship between George Zeevering and [Appellant].
7. The only specific asset passing under the Last Will and Testament of George Zeevering is a red pick-up truck.
8. The red pick- up truck passed by specific bequest to Diane Marks.
9. The will also reads "I direct that my just debts, funeral expenses of his last illness to be paid from ...

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