399 P.2d 175 (Ariz.App. 1965), 2 CA-CIV 37, In re Foreman's Estate

Docket Nº:2 CA-CIV 37.
Citation:399 P.2d 175, 1 Ariz.App. 41
Opinion Judge:[9] Krucker
Party Name:In the Matter of the ESTATE of Arthur Marshal FOREMAN, aka Arthur Marshal Forman, aka Arthur M. Foreman, aka Arthur M. Forman, aka A. M. Foreman, aka A.M.Forman, Deceased. FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF ARIZONA, PHONIX, Executor of the Estate of Arthur Marshal Foreman, deceased, and Richard Forman and Mary Joan Koenigs, Beneficiaries under the Last Will an
Attorney:[6] Fennemore, Craig, Allen & McClennen, Phoenix, Jerry Smith, Flagstaff, and Jennings, Strouss, Salmon & Trask, Phoenix, for appellants. [7] Stokes & Moring, Casa Grande, for appellee.
Case Date:February 19, 1965
Court:Court of Appeals of Arizona
 
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399 P.2d 175 (Ariz.App. 1965)

1 Ariz.App. 41

In the Matter of the ESTATE of Arthur Marshal FOREMAN, aka Arthur Marshal Forman, aka Arthur M. Foreman, aka Arthur M. Forman, aka A. M. Foreman, aka A.M.Forman, Deceased.

FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF ARIZONA, PHONIX, Executor of the Estate of Arthur Marshal Foreman, deceased, and Richard Forman and Mary Joan Koenigs, Beneficiaries under the Last Will and Testament of Arthur Marshal Foreman, deceased, Appellants,

v.

Laura THOMASON, Individually and as Administratrix, with Will annexed, of the Last Will and Testament of Mary R. Foreman, deceased, Appellee.

No. 2 CA-CIV 37.

Court of Appeals of Arizona

February 19, 1965

Rehearing Denied March 5, 1965. Opinion vacated 407 P.2d 102.

Fennemore, Craig, Allen & McClennen, Phoenix, Jerry Smith, Flagstaff, and Jennings, Strouss, Salmon & Trask, Phoenix, for appellants.

Stokes & Moring, Casa Grande, for appellee.

KRUCKER, Chief Judge.

Arthur Marshal Foreman died a resident of Arizona, and the entire estate consisted of community property acquired by himself and his wife, Mary R. Foreman, over a long period of years. Mr. Foreman, at the time of his death, was over 90 years old and his wife, Mary, since deceased, was in her eighties.

The lower court held that the estate consisted only of deceased's undivided one-half of the entire community estate and ordered that all costs and charges of administration, including attorney's fees, executor's fees, and family allowance were payable only from the deceased's share of the community estate.

Appellant, First National Bank of Arizona, executor, and two beneficiaries contend that the whole community estate is subject to probate when there are debts existing at the time of death and the whole estate should bear, proportionately, the burden of the family allowance, costs of administration, and attorney's fees.

The principal assets of the estate were some $32,000.00 in banks and a ranch which the widow claimed as her separate property but which the lower court resolved to be community property. (This is not the subject of this appeal.) This ranch later sold for approximately $241,000.00.

Outstanding community debts for which formal claims were filed amounted to only $434.70. These claims, together with a funeral bill and two small debts for which claims were not submitted totaling $17.54, and real estate taxes and...

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