Simpson, Joseph Noel, Estate of, 36 IBIA 67 (2001)

Docket Number:IBIA 00-103

Docket No. IBIA 00-103 March 19, 2001

Appellant George J. Simpson seeks review of a June 16, 2000, order denying rehearing entered in the estate of Decedent Joseph Noel Simpson by Administrative Law Judge Nicholas T. Kuzmack. For the reasons discussed below, the Board of Indian Appeals (Board) affirms that decision.

Decedent died intestate on March 14, 1998. Judge Kuzmack held hearings to probate Decedent's trust estate on July 27 and September 14, 1999. By order dated January 14, 2000, the Judge determined that Decedent's heirs were his two daughters, Sylvia Agnes Simpson and Mitzi Nanamkin Sweowat; and grandson, Shawn Edward Simpson.

Appellant, who is Decedent's brother, sought rehearing in order to contest the determination that Mitzi Nanamkin Sweowat was Decedent's daughter. Judge Kuzmack denied rehearing in the June 16, 2000, order at issue here. He stated at page 1 of that order: "[Appellant] is not a presumptive heir, actual heir or beneficiary to this estate. [Appellant] is not adversely affected and does not stand to gain or lose by a modification of the decision. Consequently, pursuant to 43 C.F.R. § 4.241 [Appellant] does not have standing to petition [for rehearing.]" Section 4.241, which deals with rehearings, provides in pertinent part that "[a]ny person aggrieved by the decision of the administrative law judge" may petition for rehearing.

In his notice of appeal, Appellant contends that he has standing because "anyone can file an appeal whether they are adversely affected or not." Appellant did not file a brief in this matter and so did not elaborate further on his...

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