Home ARTHUR S. HAYES & another, executors, vs. RAMESH V. KAPUR & others.

9 Mass. App. Ct. 931

May 27, 1980

This case involves appeals from actions taken by a Probate Court in connection with a petition by the executors for leave to sell certain shares of stock owned by the late John A. Mooney, Jr. The nub of the controversy is whether in the circumstances the Probate Court could properly revoke its prior decree allowing a petition to sell the stock.

1. Kapur is neither a beneficiary nor a creditor of the estate. He is the prospective purchaser of the stock. Even if we assume that Kapur has standing to contest the actions of the probate judge (but see Onanian v. Leggat, 2 Mass. App. Ct. 623 [1974]), we do not reach the merits because the order of June 29, 1979, revoking the court's order of May 23, 1979, which allowed the petitioner to sell the stock in question (see Thornton v. McWalter, 329 Mass. 768 [1953]), is not a final decree, but merely an interlocutory ruling (compare Vincent v. Plecker, 319 Mass. 560 , 562-564 & n.2 [1946]), and hence not properly before us at this time. See Pollack v. Kelly, 372 Mass. 469 , 470-472 (1977). Compare Borman v. Borman 378 Mass. 775 , 778-785 (1979). Contrast Mass.R.Dom.Rel.P. 64 (1975); G. L. c. 215, Section 13. The case of Olsson v. Waite, 5 Mass. App. Ct. 93 (1977), S.C., 373 Mass. 517 (1977), is distinguishable from the instant case, because in that case there was no basis for revocation of the decree. Compare also Mahoney v. Mahoney, 5 Mass. App. Ct. 720 , 725-727 (1977).

2. Deciding as we do that Kapur's appeal is not ripe for review, we need not discuss the other issues raised in the various appeals.

The guardian ad litem's motion to dismiss Kapur's appeal is allowed; the appeals of the guardian ad litem and Elinore M. Sawyer are dismissed

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as moot, and the case is remanded to the Probate Court for further proceedings on the executors' petition for leave to sell.

So ordered.