1 Connoly Sur. Rep. 106

New York County.

—Hon. RASTUS S. RANSOM, Surrogate.

August, 1888.

Matter of Bradley. In the matter of the judicial settlement of the account of Henry Bradley, as administrator of the will of William Bradley, deceased.

When the administrator of an estate overpays an attorney for legal services in behalf of the estate, he will be held liable for the excess.

When without legal advice the chief part of an estate is withdrawn from a trust company through fear of an attachment, and lies idle for about a year, the administrator is chargeable with interest thereon.

The report of the referee as to the amount due from the estate to a person who has served the estate and likewise the administrator individually, and whose services to them are with difficulty separable, will be confirmed unless plainly against the weight of evidence.

Contest on exceptions to referee’s report on the judicial settlement of administrator’s account. The facts are stated in the opinion.

Sidney H. Stuart, for Henry Bradley, administrator.

Cudlipp & Glover, for Mary E. Bradley, et al.

George S. Coleman, special guardian, for Theresa Bradley, et al.

The Surrogate.

The report and supplemental report of the referee in this proceeding, with exceptions to both are now presented for final disposition.' The *107only question referred back to the referee was as to the actual value of the services rendered by Mr. Stuart, the attorney for the administrator in the suit against the city. When the report of the referee herein was first presented, it was decided that the sum of $206.32, which had been received by Mr. Stuart, attorney for the administrator, as and for his taxable costs in the suit against the city, should have been charged to himself in his account; and of course it follows that, as Mr. Stuart received that sum and was presumably entitled to more, the administrator should have been credited therewith. The referee now holds that the value of Mr. Stuart’s services as attorney in said suit against the city is $500, and an examination seems to fully sustain the referee, and his report is confirmed in that regard. The fact is that Mr. Stuart, in addition to $206.32, was paid by the administrator $500, and of this amount the administrator must be charged $206.32.

Consideration of other exceptions to the report of the referee was reserved until the coming in of the supplemental report, and are disposed of as follows: The second exception is to the second finding, whereby the administrator is charged with interest at the rate of two and a half per cent per annum amounting to $75.61. The testimony shows that he withdrew the principal sum from the trust company, and kept it idle for about a year, because he feared it might be attached, and this was done without legal advice. The exception is overruled.

The third exception to the third finding, whereby the amount of the fee of $250, paid to M. J. Murphy, is *108reduced to $50. The testimony offered on this point is conflicting and voluminous. It appears that Mr. Murphy was employed and served the administrator, both as administrator and individually, and that there is some difficulty in separating the services performed for him as administrator from those performed for him individually. In all cases the report of the referee will be confirmed unless it be plainly against the weight of evidence, or without any evidence to support it. The exception is overruled.

The fourth exception is directed to the fourth finding, whereby the claim of the administrator against the estate was held not to have been proved. After a careful reading of the testimony and cases cited by counsel, I must sustain the finding. The exception is overruled. The fifth exception is overruled.

In re the judicial settlement of the account of Bradley
1 Connoly Sur. Rep. 106

Case Details

In re the judicial settlement of the account of Bradley
Decision Date
Aug 1, 1888

1 Connoly Sur. Rep. 106

New York



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