Snipes v. Monds

Decision Date30 September 1925
Docket Number(No. 104.)
Citation129 S.E. 413
CourtNorth Carolina Supreme Court
PartiesSNIPES . v. MONDS.

Appeal from Superior Court, Harnett County; Lyon, Judge.

Action by Z. V. Snipes against P. E. Monds, administrator of T. L. Fitzgerald, deceased. From a judgment for defendant, plaintiff appeals. Affirmed.

Action by plaintiff to recover of the defendant, administrator d. b. n. c. t. a. of T. L. Fitzgerald, deceased, $1,700.10, the value of goods, supplies, gasoline, lubricating oil, tires, casings, fixtures, parts, and work of mechanics in repairing cars, purchased and had by the executors of T. L. Fitzgerald and used by them in collecting the debts due this estate, as per itemized and verified statement of account filed with the executors, but no payment has been made thereon.

It is further alleged that the executors took over the entire property, estate, and business of T. L. Fitzgerald, upon qualification, consisting of large farming interests, and a large live stock and vehicle and harness business in Dunn, N. C, and that they "acted as dealers in mules, horses, buggies, wagons, and harness, that, under the authority of an order of the clerk of the superior court of Harnett county, they borrowed money from banks to carry on said business, " and that these executors, who qualified February 7, 1921, resigned their trust in January, 1923, and that the defendant was appointed then administrator of T. L. Fitzgerald, d. b. n. c. t. a. Due demand was made for this account. The defendant demurred for that the complaint did not state a cause of action, in that it appeared that the debt sued on was incurred, after the death of T. L. Fitzgerald, as expenses in the administration of the estate by his executors.

The terms of the will are not germane to this controversy. The court below sustained the demurrer, and the plaintiff appealed.

H. L. Godwin, of Dunn, for appellant.

Clifford & Townsend, of Dunn, for appellee.

VARSER, J. [1] Even after answering In the trial court, or in this court, a defendant may demur ore tenus, or the court may raise the question ex mero motu that the complaint does not state a cause of action. Garrison v. Williams, 150 N. C. 675, 64 S. E. 783. Construing the complaint liberally in favor of the plaintiff (Horney v. Mills, 189 N. C. 724, 728, 128 S. E. 324), to the end that it must be upheld unless wholly insufficient (Sexton v. Farrington, 185 N. C. 339, 117 S. E. 172; Blackmore v. Winders, 144 N. C. 212, 56 S. E. 874; New Bern Banking Co. v. Duffy, 156 N. C. 83, 72 S. E. 96; Pridgen v. Pridgen, 129 S. E. 419, at this term), the demurrer must be sustained.

An executor cannot, by any contract of his, fasten upon the estate of his testator liability created by him, and arising wholly out of matters occurring after the death of the testator. Banking Co. v. Morehead, 116 N. C. 410, 21 S. E. 190; McLean v. McLean, 88 N. C. 394; Tyson v. Walston, 83 N. C. 90; Kerchner v. McRae, 80 N. C. 219; Beaty v. Gingles. 53 N. C. 302; Hailey v. Wheeler, 49 N. C. 157; McKay v. Royal, 52 N. C. 426. This is true even when the creditor knows that the money loaned is to be used in payment of the debts of the testator (Banking Co. v. Morehead, supra) or for attorneys'fees for services rendered the executor in the discharge of his trust (Lindsay v....

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  • Dulin v. Williams
    • United States
    • North Carolina Supreme Court
    • 16 Diciembre 1953
    ...of the complaint readily remediable by amendment in the Superior Court. Lassiter v. Adams, 196 N.C. 711, 146 S.E. 808; Snipes v. Monds, 190 N.C. 190, 129 S.E. 413; Elizabeth City Water & Power Co. v. Elizabeth City, 188 N.C. 278, 124 S.E. 611; Garrison v. Williams, 150 N.C. 674, 64 S.E. 783......
  • Lamm v. Crumpler, 746
    • United States
    • North Carolina Supreme Court
    • 7 Junio 1951
    ...a cause of action. Indeed, the Court may raise the question ex meromotu. Garrison v. Williams, 150 N.C. 674, 64 S.E. 783; Snipes v. Monds, 190 N.C. 190, 129 S.E. 413; Watson v. Lee County, 224 N.C. 508, 31 S.E.2d Hence the demurrer ore tenus interposed in this Court, as hereinabove set fort......
  • Hood Comm'r Of Banks v. Stewart
    • United States
    • North Carolina Supreme Court
    • 26 Febrero 1936
    ...said judgment, but the defendant undertakes in behalf of herself and said heirs to make and enter said motion." In Snipes v. Monds, 190 N.C. 190, 191, 129 S.E. 413, is the following: "An executor cannot, by any contract of his, fasten upon the estate of his testator liability created by him......
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    • United States
    • North Carolina Supreme Court
    • 30 Septiembre 1925
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