Register Properly Determined Residence of Decedent and Denied Letters to Spouse

Register of Wills properly found that it had jurisdiction to issue letters of administration based on the decedent’s driver’s license, car registration, financial responsibility insurance card, and telephone bill, even though decedent and his spouse owned a home in Bucks County.  The Register did not abuse his discretion in issuing letters to an disinterested third party, rather then the decedent’s spouse, when the spouse had attempted to evade service of a citation upon her, and had refused to acknowledge potential claims of heirs other than her and her daughter despite evidence that the decedent and his spouse had adopted two or three other children.  Estate of Leonard Barkan, 8 Fid.Rep.3d 278 (Montgomery O.C. 2018).

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