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In re Estate of Walkerly

Supreme Court of California
Apr 26, 1892
94 Cal. 352 (Cal. 1892)


         Motion to dismiss an appeal from the Superior Court of the city and county of San Francisco.


         Noble Hamilton, Joseph A. Joyce, and R. M. F. Soto, for Appellant.

          Frederick E. Whitney, and H. C. Firebaugh, for Respondent.

         JUDGES: In Bank. McFarland, J. De Haven, J., Sharpstein, J., Harrison, J., Garoutte, J., and Paterson, J., concurred.


          McFARLAND, Judge

         In this estate one of the executors, Columbus Bartlett, filed a petition praying to be allowed a certain sum of money for alleged extraordinary services rendered by him as such executor. Objections were made to the allowance prayed for by the other executors, and by various parties interested in the estate; and the matter having been heard, the court, on March 11, 1891, made an order denying said petition. Afterwards, on March 30, 1891, the said Bartlett made and served notice of motion to vacate said order of March 11th, and to restore the cause to the calendar, upon the ground that no findings had been filed or waived, and that the court make findings, and that judgment be entered thereon as required by law. This motion was afterwards heard, and on May 29, 1891, the court made an order denying it, and from this last order denying the motion to vacate, etc., said Bartlett has undertaken to appeal to this court. Respondents move to dismiss the appeal upon the ground, among others, that the said order denying the said motion to vacate is not an appealable order.

         The order appealed from is clearly not appealable. The general rule is well established that appeals can only be taken from such judgments or orders in probate proceedings as are mentioned in subdivision 3 of section 963 of the Code of Civil Procedure; and the order appealed from in the case at bar is not one of those there mentioned. (Const., art. VI., sec. 4; Estate of Calahan , 60 Cal. 232; Estate of Dean , 62 Cal. 613; In re Moore , 86 Cal. 58; In re Wiard , 83 Cal. 619.) The only modification of the rule established by the cases just cited is to be found in Estate of Bauquier , 88 Cal. 303. In that case there was a regular contest and trial over the question of issuing letters testamentary to an executrix, and an appeal to this court from an order denying a new trial; and this court merely held that "in all cases in which the superior court, when sitting as a court of probate, is authorized to entertain a motion for a new trial, an appeal will lie from its order thereon." [29 P. 720] But as in the case at bar the attempted appeal is not from an order made on a motion for a new trial, the Bauquier case does not apply. And that the order here appealed from is not a "special order made after final judgment" within the meaning of the second subdivision of said section 963 is also settled by the authorities first above cited. If it were otherwise, the third subdivision of said section could be entirely disregarded by simply assuming that a probate order not therein mentioned was a final judgment, and that an order refusing to vacate it was a "special order made after final judgment."

         The appeal is dismissed.

Summaries of

In re Estate of Walkerly

Supreme Court of California
Apr 26, 1892
94 Cal. 352 (Cal. 1892)
Case details for

In re Estate of Walkerly

Case Details

Full title:In the Matter of the Estate of WILLIAM WALKERLY, Deceased

Court:Supreme Court of California

Date published: Apr 26, 1892


94 Cal. 352 (Cal. 1892)
29 P. 719

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