Home ESTHER STEVENS & another vs. JUNE GROSS, executrix.

331 Mass. 760

January 28, 1954

Exceptions overruled. The plaintiffs, Esther Stevens and Philip Maltzman, bring this action of contract to recover for money lent to their mother, the testatrix. Verdicts were returned for the plaintiffs. The motion by the defendant for directed verdicts in her favor was properly denied. There was evidence of an implied contract by the testatrix to pay each plaintiff. We see no reversible error in the admission of the will of Bessie Maltzman. The verdict for Philip Maltzman is to be taken as only $239.56 in making up judgment.

Home STELLA WOJTKONSKI vs. JOSEPH WOJTKONSKI. JOSEPH WOJTKONSKI vs. STELLA WOJTKONSKI.

331 Mass. 760

March 9, 1954

Decree affirmed. In the first of these cases, which were tried together, one Stella Wojtkonski petitions the Probate Court for partition of a parcel of land in New Bedford, in which, by conveyance from her husband Joseph Wojtkonski, she owns a one-half interest, and in the second Joseph, by a suit in equity, seeks to have said conveyance annulled because of fraud and duress. In a report of material facts filed in each case the judge found that the wife obtained the conveyance by threats and false representations. In the equity suit he entered a decree ordering the wife to reconvey, and having entered it decreed that her petition be dismissed. There was no error. The conveyance to her was voidable, Powell v. Powell, 260 Mass. 505 , Cram v. Cram, 262 Mass. 509 , Jurewicz v. Jurewicz, 317 Mass. 512 , 514; and after the order to reconvey, she had no standing in equity to maintain her petition. G. L. (Ter. Ed.) c. 241, Section 25. See Moseley v. Moseley, 240 Mass. 22 , 25.

Home LEONORA STEVENS SULLIVAN vs. ROLAND G. STEVENS.

331 Mass. 760

April 28, 1954

Decree affirmed. A decree nisi for divorce granted on June 22, 1948, awarded the custody of the son of the parties to his mother, the appellant, and that of the daughter to her father. Upon a petition filed by the appellant on August 14, 1952, to amend the decree nisi by giving her the custody of the daughter, the judge after a full hearing on the merits denied it on June 16, 1953. The mother appeals. Lacking a transcript of the evidence, we examine the report of the material facts made by the judge. They contain nothing that shows the judge was wrong in finding that the best interests and welfare of the daughter required that she continue in the custody of her father. Richards v. Forrest, 278 Mass. 547 . Stinson v. Meegan, 319 Mass. 682 .

Home MARY E. (FALVEY) DAVIS vs. THOMAS F. FALVEY & others.

331 Mass. 760

April 28, 1954

Order framing jury issue affirmed. This is an appeal from an order of the Probate Court allowing a motion to frame a jury issue in the matter of

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proof of the will of Daniel Falvey. The motion was heard upon statements of council for the contestants and of counsel for the proponent of expected evidence. The only issue sought to be framed was the undue influence of Mary E. (Falvey) Davis, a daughter of the deceased and the proponent of the will. The contestants were all of the other children and three grandchildren of the deceased. Considering the whole record and giving the decision of the judge the weight to which it appears to be entitled, we think that the expected evidence justified the framing of the issue. The applicable principles of law have been so frequently stated that they need not be repeated here. Fuller v. Sylvia, 240 Mass. 49 , 53.